Citizen Science: Questagame

A few months back I wrote about Citizen science and the Birdata app. Another app that I use is Questagame. It is for documenting any living species, whether plant, fungi, fish, bird, insect, spider etc. Questagame is an Australian app but can be used world wide.

Pricklybark (Eucalyptus todtiana) is flowering in the Perth area in February and March. This image was submitted to Questagame, identified and will become a record in the Atlas of Living Australia. For plants it is best to include in your submission photographs of each of the flowers, fruits, leaves, stems and entire plant.

You can use the app to submit photographs and locations etc of plants or creatures that you have found to find out what they are and to have them added to the Atlas of living Australia. Or you can help identify other peoples submissions. Either way, you are contributing to the knowledge of living species for use in research and conservation.

This cicada was found dead on a track near Denmark, Western Australia in February and submitted to Questagame. It is a Red Bandit (Pyropsalta melete) with and this species only has 53 records in the Atlas of Living Australia as seen here.

The phone app is set up within a gaming structure with clans, points, leaderboards etc. So it can become a competitive and social experience. But you don’t need to be concerned about either of these aspects if you don’t want to!

Puppet Orchid (Caladenia incrassata) photographed in the Helena Aurora Ranges. This image was the first image in the Atlas of Living Australia of this species. This species only has 38 records in the Atlas of Living Australia.

It is very exciting if your record is the first one in the Atlas of Living Australia or if it provides the first photographs to the Atlas of Living Australia!

Chamaexeros macranthera photographed in the Helena Aurora Ranges. This is the only image of this species in the Atlas of Living Australia. While this was photographed in a fairly remote area, you can still find species in the Perth area that represent the first record of a species or the first for the state etc.

One thing that I have been doing is documenting flora and fauna in some of my favourite places or places that I am concerned may be bulldosed for a future development. These records become very useful in the future if they provide evidence that something endangered may be present in the area. Just take a look at some of the over 6000 species within 10km of Perth already in the Atlas! These records come from museum records, birdata observations, Questagame submissions and many other sources.

If nothing else, it gives you an excuse to get out in the bush and photograph what you see!

Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris)