ALA User Guide 4 – How to contribute a sighting

Begin at the Atlas of Living Australia homepage. Select contribute your sighting from the Contribute to the ALA tile.

You can also get to the Record a Sighting page from the individual species overview page.

You need to enter all the details of your sighting. This includes specific details of where and when you saw the species and photographs if you have them.
You can zoom very close in on the map to show exactly where the sighting was, or the location information can come from the image.
There is space for any additional notes if required. Once you have finished entering all of the details, click on Submit.

Once you have submitted your sighting, it will appear in your list of sightings.
To find this list, go to View your timeline of sightings recorded through the Atlas under My profile.


For a printable version of this guide, click here


Who’s contributing data to the ALA through the Record a sighting function?


  • Read about PhD student Catherine Clowes’ sightings here.
  • Reiner Richter is an avid contributor of great images to the ALA. Read about it here
  • Native plant enthusiasts Ian McMaster and Kym Nicolson enter a lot of valuable information into the ALA. Read about it here