This year the Atlas of Life is partnering the From Little Things parklands project to co-ordinate a lively family focused BioBlitz of their Merimbula Creek site and in nearby reference habitats. From dawn to after dark on Saturday September 16th participants, friends and naturalists will establish a baseline species record of as many species of wildlife and flora as possible.
This information will inform and begin tracking the success of the plantings and other rehabilitation works, as the range and variability of species increases as the ecological communities become established. BioBlitzes are festivals of science in nature and attract scientists, naturalists and community to work together to explore the biodiversity of an area within a short period. This BioBlitz will be family focused and include a Basecamp with exhibitions from the Australian Museum.
There will be opportunities to explore for a large number of species both individually using our NatureMapr app or your own cameras and with guided surveys ranging from flora walks, to reptile hunts and searches for peacock spiders, night time moth and possum surveys, motion sensitive camera traps and many other specialist activities.
Using our fantastic Microeye microscope, visitors will be invited to view the marvels of the micro world – the scales of a moth’s wing, a reptile’s skin or the gills on a fungus. There will be presentations from experts and the chance walk with them to see more of the hidden nature in the middle of Merimbula
This BioBlitz will form part of a From Little Things Open Day, showcasing their project plans with lots of opportunities to learn more and get involved to create this special Sustainability Centre in the heart of Merimbula. As always we are reaching out to invite those scientists and naturalists who have worked with us in past years to create such enjoyable and interesting BioBlitzes and who together with the volunteers and participants have recorded over 4,300 species from the five BioBlitzes we have run to date. It is because of this wealth of expertise that our BioBlitzes are such a success and we are very grateful for their contribution and all the volunteers from Atlas of Life and from Little Things as we plan this year’s event.
We invite you to join us, either as participants – watch the website and Facebook pages for information or volunteers, survey leader’s helpers or photographers, identification and data input volunteers and Basecamp helpers, guides, catering and operational support. If you would like to learn how a BioBlitz works, volunteer early and help us organise. For more information contact Libby Hepburn: firstname.lastname@example.org or David Barrie fltparklands@ gmail.com