This event is now over: please see the report on
The Scenic Rim’s first Biobotz
Come along for an hour or two, or for the whole event
This is a Citizen Science event open to individuals, families, schools, nature photographers and whoever else would like to be involved.
Things are getting quite exciting, with well-known authors of books on spiders, plants etc. getting involved, and a strong response from Griffith University staff and students.
Over a 48 hour period (day and night, 10.00am Sunday 15th October to 10.00am Tuesday 17th October), we will seek and identify as many animals, plants and fungi as possible on private and Council land, taking care to cause minimal disturbance.
Experts will be on hand to guide small groups into the more sensitive areas and to identify species, and there will be demonstrations through the day.
In addition to direct observation, we will be setting cage traps for small mammals, pitfalls for frogs and small reptiles, light traps for night-flying insects, motion sensing cameras and Anabats to record and identify microbats.
For the rest of the week we will be receiving photos from the rest of the Scenic Rim.
Click here for a sample of some of the species we know are in the Scenic Rim. This list will be gradually added to but will never be exhaustive. It might help in narrowing down some of the possibilities of species you might find during the Bioblitz and at other times.
- you’d like your email to be included on our list for updates
- you have a special expertise in a particular group (e.g. spiders, fungi or ferns) and would like to volunteer to assist in identification, even if just for part of one day
- you would like to help find species (and when – Sunday daytime or evening, Monday morning, afternoon or evening, Tuesday morning
- you would like to attend one or workshops (see below)
- you might send in photos of species seen in other parts of the Scenic Rim
- you would like to help sponsor the event
- you would like to assist in other ways
Results will be presented on our website (not giving exact locations of endangered species) and sent to WPSQ Central, Atlas of Living Australia, Scenic Rim Regional Council, participating land-owners and other bodies.
The event is free of charge, except there will be a (discounted) entry fee into Skywalk. Thunderbird Park is offering discounted camping and accommodation
For some background to Bioblitzes, visit http://www.atlasoflife.org.au/the-australian-guide-to-running-a-bioblitz/
From the Australian guide to running a Bioblitz:
- A BioBlitz is a festival of science in nature which, if well organised, is fun, enjoyable and meaningful to the community, naturalists, scientists and organisations alike.
- A BioBlitz is an opportunity to share expertise and enthusiasm for nature. It encourages the development of science and nature engagement and literacy as everyone works together.
- A pill millipede rolled into a protective sphere, SkywalkA BioBlitz is namely a type of citizen science i.e. scientific projects where the public actively participate with scientists to conduct research and record their ndings. Through an event such as a BioBlitz, communities can together create a signi cant resource of biodiversity data in their local area and across Australia.
- A BioBlitz is all about collaboration, organisation and a diversity of skills to create a successful event – you need organisers, event managers, volunteers, scientists and naturalists, community leaders, organisations and most of all the public.