Program of events for Bioblitz

Scenic Rim’s First Bioblitz 

IFDraft schedule (subject to change)

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The Bioblitz is a free event, but there will be a discounted charge for Skywalk entry: please collect your name tags or lanyards from the marquee prior to entry (entry to the carpark and displays is free)

Saturday 14th

Some will be coming early to set up equipment (e.g. light traps for nocturnal insects) at Skywalk and Thunderbird Park

 

Sunday 15th October 2017

7.00am onwards – access to committee and stall holders for setup in and near marquis, Tamborine Skywalk carpark

There will be identification stalls (plants, spiders, reptiles etc.)and stalls with relevant books for sales

bracketfungiOR-May201710.00am – Welcome to Bioblitz and explanations of what to do:

  • Welcome by Scenic Rim Wildlife committee and acknowledgment of the Wangerriburra community
  • Opening of Bioblitz by Frank Manthey (founder of Save the Bilby)
  • Welcome by Pat Comben (former environment minister and education minister, resident of Tamborine Mountain, and amateur naturalist)
  • Welcome by Nadia O’Carroll (Local councillor,  resident of Tamborine Mountain, and amateur naturalist)
  • Welcome and explanation of LandCare properties by Judith Roland
  • Ronda Green Explanation of the day’s activities by chair (Ronda Green), minimal-impact searching and collecting, health and safety, identification, where to collect data forms, reporting of findings, where to send photos
  • Time available to explore displays (including a sample from the first batch of insects caught in light traps at Thunderbird Park), collect data sheets etc.

Now it really starts – there will be too many people involved for everyone to do everything, so you can choose according to your interests which walks to join in with. Please let us know beforehand or add your names to your preferred walks on sheets provided on the day.

11.00am Walk in Skywalk seeking and photographing (but not collecting) insects, spiders, fungi and whatever else we come across, and possibly a simultaneous walk along the creek in Thunderbird Park (starting near bunk houses). Either the Thunderbird Park walk or one of the following LandCare walks, will be led partly by Robert Whyte, co-author of “A Field Guide to Spiders of Australia”

11.30am Drives to the four LandCare properties Please try to car-pool if you can. (Experts in various taxa please contact Judith Roland to to advise which destinations would be best for you, then let Ronda know so further details can be added to this program).

12.30pm lunch break – meals available at Thunderbird Park and light meals at Skywalk

1.30pm Australian Bush Buddies will have a display of live animals native to the area, near the bunk houses at Thunderbird Park

2.00pm Drives to the four LandCare properties (as above). Simultaneous walk along creek or elsewhere at Thunderbird Park

??pm (TBA) Well-known (and very talented)  artist Sandra Temple begins a wildlife painting

3.30pm  Drives to the four LandCare properties (as above). Also etting up of mammal traps, pitfall traps, motion-sensing cameras and bat detectors in Skywalk and Thunderbird Park

5.00pm -Drives to the four LandCare properties (as above). Simultaneous walk in Skywalk

  • periodic themed walks (fungi, spiders etc.) with leaders in Skywalk, Thunderbird Park and four council properties (possibly others TBA). Identification stalls also will be available throughout the day for anyone to take specimens or photos for id
  • Introduction to sniffer dog trained to find quolls
  • setting up of various detection devices

GliderSurveyWonglepong6.30pm several short guided walks (including Skywalk, Thunderbird Park and at least one of the LandCare properties) seeking nocturnal mammals, birds, reptiles, frogs, insects, spiders, molluscs and luminous fungi. Leaders TBA

 

 

Monday 16th October 2017

butterfly_CWFrom 5.30am Check traps set the previous night. Identify and release animals (occasional animals may be taken for identification)I, Only persons with permits will be permitted to handle vertebrate animals, but others are welcome to quietly watch and photograph if not disturbing the animals.

6.30am Look and listen for birds

7.30am breakfast break

8.00am Birdwalk plus seeking other taxa in Skywalk. Identification tables  available for perusal and questions at the Skywalk carpark

9.00am Drives to the four LandCare properties (as above). Simultaneous walk along creek or elsewhere at Thunderbird Park

11.30am Drives to the four LandCare properties (as above). Simultaneous walk in Skywalk

2.00pm Drives to the four LandCare properties (as above). Simultaneous walk/s TBA

3.30pm Drives to the four LandCare properties (as above). Simultaneous walk/s TBA

4.30pm demonstrations: re-set traps

5.00pm Drives to the four LandCare properties (as above).

great_barred_frog6.30pm: several short guided walks (including Skywalk, Thunderbird Park and at least one of the LandCare properties) seeking nocturnal mammals, birds, reptiles, frogs, insects, spiders, molluscs and luminous fungi. Leaders TBA

 

 

Tuesday 17th October 2017

 5.30am

  • Check mammal traps and pitfall traps, gather up all traps and flagging tape.
  • Collect up all traps, fill in any holes etc., wash and dry traps and pack them away
  • Collect detection devices
  • Bird observations

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA9.15am – closing addresses

  • Brief report on past 48 hours
  • Q&A

10.00am Close of Bioblitz

 

Tuesday 17th to Sunday 22nd October

 

Saturday 11th November

12.30 – 4.30pm 

The Centre, Beaudesert 

Workshop 2: Results of Bioblitz, and how they will be used.  Possible plans for another Bioblitz in a different section of the Scenic Rim win 2018. This s a free event, but please RSVP to scenicrim@wildlife.org.au by Friday 3rd October
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