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Lifesearch takes place during September 2017 to coincide with Biodiversity Month. Registration is now open!
(please read the Information for Lifesearch Participants and Guidelines for using the Atlas of Living Australia BioCollect Portal)

When you have submitted your registration form to the Biosphere, you will need to register with the Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) portal if you haven't already done so: https://auth.ala.org.au/userdetails/registration/createAccount 

There are prizes for the school, individual and team/group that record the most observations to the ALA database. We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of our prize donors: Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park (Family Pass), Phillip Island Nature Parks (Family 4 Parks Pass) and Andrew Isles Natural History Books (a selection of books). Lifesearch participants can also win a subscription to Australian Geographic magazine courtesy of the Western Port Biosphere Foundation.

Citizen science in action
Biosphere Lifesearch is citizen science in action - a chance to add to our knowledge of the biodiversity around us and have fun at the same time. The more we know about our natural world, the better we can manage and protect it for the future, one of the core objectives of the Man and the Biosphere program.

We're proud to partner with the Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) to record Lifesearch observations. Data recorded during Lifesearch is uploaded to the Atlas of Living Australia's database. All Lifesearch participants, whether school-children, community groups, families or individuals, make a valuable contribution to our understanding of life in the Western Port Biosphere.

Hands on learning in the outdoor classroom
Lifesearch is a fabulous way for students to learn about biodiversity and to conduct a biodiversity audit in school grounds or in neighbouring reserves. It's an opportunity for students to learn about their own environment, acquire new knowledge and skills and make a meaningful contribution to biodiversity data.  By adding student observations to the Atlas of Living Australia students will be able to attach meaning and purpose to hands-on learning.

There are prizes for schools in two categories:

1.           Lifesearch prize  awarded to the school which makes the most Lifesearch observations 

2.           The Birdsearch Shield:  for the school which makes the most bird observations during Lifesearch 2017.  

Our inspiration
In 1912 thirteen-year-old Harewood Lyall, who lived at Harewood Homestead, Tooradin, carefully noted down his bird-watching observations in a notebook.  This notebook inspired the first Western Port Biosphere Birdsearch event, which was held in 2012.  Schools participated in the program and competed for the Biosphere Birdsearch Shield.  The Shield has been awarded each year since 2012.

In 2014 we expanded this concept to Lifesearch, which aimed to document the whole span of biodiversity within the Western Port Biosphere.  

History: A Boy's Baffling Bird List from Western Port, October 1912

Lifesearch 2016 Winners
Find out about our Lifesearch 2016 winners!