University bioQuest

Australian wood ducks (Chenonetta jubata) outside Hancock Library

This April discover life on and off campus with QuestaGame.

Join the CBA-sponsored ANU team in the inaugural University bioQuest and help ANU claim victory over other universities from around the world.

Get involved - it’s free and it will contribute to real research

Simply download the free QuestaGame app for your phone from the Apple or Google app store, then sign up to ANU's bioQuest team.

While you're out and about photographing nature you’ll also be mapping biodiversity by collecting citizen science data that will be made available for real research questions via the Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) and the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF).

QuestaGame players have recorded many new location records, undescribed species and biosecurity hazards which have subsequently proved valuable for scientific research and management. 

The University bioQuest is open to anyone, anywhere - students, staff, and the broader community.

How to play

Throughout the month of April, submit photos of sightings, on or off campus, of wild animals, fungi and plants using the QuestGame app. The rarer your find, the higher your score. 

Expert-verified identifications will be returned to all participants.

Your efforts could help the ANU claim the 'Champion Spotters' team trophy.

You can also gain extra points by providing correct identifications through QuestaGame’s Bio-Expertise Engine (BEE).

If you already consider yourself a bit of a nature expert, jump on BEE and help ANU win the 'Champion Identifiers' team trophy.

There’s prizes 

$250 USD in Amazon gift cards are up for grabs. Categories include the 'Best Photo' and the 'Best Find'. And all participants are in the running for the 'Active Adventurer' prize draw.

#UniBioQuest

University bioQuest – call for entrants

Follow @anu_science on Instagram during BioQuest

Eastern grey kangaroos (Macropus giganteus)​ at ANU's Mt Stromlo Observatory - Meet the animals of the ANU campus

Echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus) on campus - Biodiversity monitoring at ANU

 

Date & time

1–30 April 2018

Location

University campuses worldwide

Contacts

 David Haynes, QuestaGame

Updated:  21 May 2019/Responsible Officer:  Director/Page Contact:  Coordinator