Citizen science at Magnetic (Yunbenun) Island's Journal

September 27, 2023

Opportunity to contribute photos to fish book at Yunbenun (Magnetic) Island

Dr Dani Ceccarelli is a Magnetic Island resident and AIM scientist and she is putting together a Yunbenun Marine Fish Guide, and would love the community to be involved.
Do you have some great underwater photos?
Send her a message by email

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February 04, 2023

Over 7000 observations at Yunbenun (Magnetic) Island and some knowledge on the top three species

Congratulations to citizen scientists for achieving over 7000 observations of 1,636 species at Magnetic Island.

This project has involved 396 observers so far and 873 identifiers totalling well over 1000 people which is an extraodinory achievement for a small island. The lead observer is @valryr and top identifier is @joefish

The most observed species are Koala, Allied Rock Wallaby and Gold stripe butterflyfish

Did you know koalas were introduced to the island in the 1930s to protect them from perceived threats on the mainland. A study in 2012 estimated the island supports a population of around 800 koalas.

Did you know the allied rock-wallaby or Weasel rock-wallaby (Petrogale assimilis) is a species of rock-wallaby found in northeastern Queensland, Australia. P. assimilis has a wide distribution in Queensland and is common within that range. The population trend seems to be stable and no particular threats to this species are known. For these reasons, the International Union for Conservation of Nature has assessed its conservation status as being of "least concern". Some factors that affect rock wallabies are climate change, which may alter the flora of their habitat, introduced predators such as dogs and foxes, degradation, loss and fragmentation of habitat, competition from introduced grazing animals and changing practices for periodic burning

Did you know that the Gold stripe butterflyfish has a habitat on silty coastal reefs, even those near the mouths of rivers and this species is able to withstand high percentages of freshwater. It is found at depths of 1 to 20 metres and they are encountered as pairs or in small groups This species is an obligate corallivore, feeding on coral polyps, but can persist in areas of relatively sparse coral growth It has been observed that this species has seemingly developed a wide diet than other corallivorous butterflyfishes, possibly in response to coral declines and that this may also account for their move into brackish water.

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December 13, 2022

Great article about iNaturalist and other updates

There is an online article ''iNaturalist citizen science in the Dry Tropics' by Reef Ecologic in the 2021-2022 Management Response Report

Congratulations to Rachelle Brown for having the most observations at 681 overtaking valryr.

We note that the most observed species are the Koala, Allied Rock wallaby and the Gold-striped butterflyfish.

Insects comprise 552 species or 35.6% of observations.
Plants 287 species and 18.5%
Fish 210 species and 13.5%

What you like
Also check out the observations and species that have had the most comments and faves

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October 27, 2022

Southern Bioblitz and EIANZ field trip

There will be 40 excited citizen scientists exploring Yunbenun (Magnetic) Island today for the 2022 EIANZ conference field trip and Great Southern Bioblitz

Reef Ecologic is encouraging everyone who lives in or visits the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area to capture pictures of wildlife you see on walks, snorkels, fishing trips or dives and upload them to If you live further afield or can't make it out, you can still participate from home by helping to identify the wildlife in the observations!

The field trip is 28 October and is fully booked

Participants can take pictures from 28-31 October, and then have from 1-14 November to upload them to iNaturalist. People can also participate by helping to identify other people’s observations. This project aims to capture a snapshot of wildlife in the Southern Hemisphere.

Details of the project can be found here:

And here is a link to a training video we made for a previous event that can help acquaint you with iNaturalist if you haven't used it before:

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