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Congratulations to our 2017 Biosphere Lifesearch winners!

Newhaven College won the Bird Search Shield for 2017 with sightings of 26 species of birds. They also made the most Lifesearch observations in the schools category.  In the Individual/Team Category the winner was Lachlan Vize and Team.

We will be presenting prizes to the winners at the Biosphere's 2017 AGM on 16 November.

Thank you again to all of our Lifesearch participants - and a big thank you also to our prize donors: Phillip Island Nature Parks and Andrew Isles Natural History Books!


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!