Extinction Matters BioBlitz
The Bookend Trust and Kingborough Council organised another Extinction Matters BioBlitz in 2017!
A BioBlitz is described as 'a festival of science in nature... fun, enjoyable and meaningful to the community, naturalists, scientists and organisations alike... a concerted effort to discover and record as many living things as possible within a set location over a limited time period' (in this case 30 hours).
Brown's River Estuary covers a wonderful range of ecosystems, so - with lots of help - we found a spectacular diversity and number of species. In fact, we reached 425 species just as the event closed at 4pm Saturday 4th November.
Partner organisations included:
University of Tasmania, Threatened Plants Tasmania, BirdLife Tasmania, Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service, the Waterbug Company, NRM South, Sustainable Timber Tasmania, Tasmanian Geographic, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, the Tasmanian Land Conservancy, the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water & Environment, Optimal Karst Management, Derwent Estuary Program, the Forest Practices Authority, WhySci, Gardens for Wildlife Tasmania, the Woodbridge School Marine Discovery Centre, the Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies - IMAS and many other expert individuals, all working together with more than 300 students from 11 schools and additional hundreds of members of the public. The Blackmans Bay Scout Group helped the organisers with coordination during the event. The 1st Kingston Sea Scout Group kept our energy levels up with delicious warm food, while Long Black Jack kept us sufficiently caffeinated to keep going to the end.
We warmly thank everyone who contributed. Now watch this space for details of the findings, including Fran Parker’s stunning murals of the event, more jaw-dropping photos of the species found, and information on useful, fun ways to apply and further develop your biodiversity-spotting, -identifying and -recording skills.