Why are we spending so much time running a 48-hour Bioblitz in the Scenic Rim, a citizen science event searching for and identifying all the animals, plants and fungi we can? It involves a lot more time than just that 48 hours – many hours of preparation deciding on properties, persons to be involved etc. (both identification experts and general participants) and many more hours afterwards collating information. So, what do we gain from it?
- A species list can be very useful both as a starting point for future research, not only on biodiversity as such, but on interactions between species (seed dispersal,poollination, predator-prey etc.)
- We may find rare species, species that have never been found in our region before, and even hither-to unknown species (most likely amongst the insects and other small creatures)
- The information will also be important for conservation planning, especially n conjunction with studies of ecological needs
- The information cane readily available for teachers to develop and environmental and general nature study lessons around this increased knowledge
- information will also be passed on to other databases, such as iNaturalist, Eremaea, Australia’s Living Atlas
- Many local residents are unaware of just what a wonderful diversity of species we have right here in the Scenic Rim, and this is a great way, especially for the participants, to increase the appreciation of what we have here.
- It is also a great opportunity for non-professionals to learn a lot about identifying reptiles, beetles, spiders, mosses, fungi and all the other species we might come across.
- It’s fun! Families, groups of friends of all ages and individuals interested in nature can enjoy some time out there in the forests seeking and learning about species they may never have hear of while enjoying the open air, beautiful surroundings and congenial company.
The Bioblitz proper will run from 15-17 October, with a few days following allowing people to send in photos and descriptions from other parts of the Scenic Rim . There are also two workshops – 2nd September for planning and advice on seeking and identifying species, and 11th November for presenting what we found and how we are using the information.
Visit http://scenicrim.wildlife.org.au/news-and-events/coming-events/scenic-rim-bioblitz-october-2017/ for further information.