In this time of social isolation, what could be better than taking a moment to learn a little more about the plants and animals we share our homes with? As our worlds are getting smaller, we make them bigger by paying attention to the details.

The Urban Field Naturalist Project

Wildlife exists all around us: in our backyards, on our balconies, in parks and disused industrial areas. The urban environment is home to a diverse array of other living creatures, from ants, spiders, and snails, to birds, possums, lizards, and even those wayward weeds emerging through cracks in the footpath. If we pay attention, each of them is an invitation into a unique and intricate mode of life, into an entire world of growth and decay, of communication and sensation, going on right under our noses.

Featured Stories

Playing with Squirrels
Jamie Lorimer
We started playing with our squirrel; building obstacle courses to test his or her abilities. We took one video that helps capture the joy the squirrel has given us; and the playfulness we think we see in our squirrel cavorting.
Tempting Fate
Manu Saunders
I love finding clusters of tiny earthenware urns attached to the walls of our house... They are signs that the great artisan potters of the insect world are at work in our garden.
Fun with Urban Fungi During a Lockdown
Benjamin Dan
Due to the COVID-19 lockdowns that have been taking place, I have had the opportunity to consistently visit a patch of forest near my home in search of mushrooms.
Drain-Dwelling Lizard Lifestyle
Sue Stevens
The gutter pipe can be both good and bad habitat for this lizard.

Project Team

A collaboration bringing design research, digital & environmental humanities, and life sciences together, with a focus on community nature storytelling
A/Prof. Thom van Dooren

School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry, University of Sydney /
Oslo School of Environmental Humanities, University of Oslo

thomvandooren.org
Prof. Dieter Hochuli

School of Life and Environmental Sciences
The University of Sydney

sydney.edu.au
Dr John Martin

Institute for Science & Learning
Taronga Conservation Society Australia

taronga.org.au
Dr Zoë Sadokierski

Speculative Narratives and Networks Studio
School of Design
University of Technology Sydney

zoesadokierski.com
Dr Andrew Burrell

Speculative Narratives and Networks Studio
School of Design
University of Technology Sydney

andrewburrell.net