What is a BioBlitz?
A BioBlitz is a festival of science in nature. In one of the world’s last wild places, takayna / Tarkine, our BioBlitz will discover and record as many living things as possible over several days. BioBlitzes are fun, educational and meaningful to the community, naturalists and scientists alike. This is an event where everyone can explore, learn and contribute to our knowledge of biodiversity.
Tarkine BioBlitz will bring together volunteer scientists, experts, naturalists and members of the public for a weekend of discovery, biodiversity surveys and fun in a truly remarkable place. We will be cataloguing the biodiversity we discover, adding to the scientific knowledge of this region.
The main goals of this event are to survey the biological diversity of the Tarkine and share knowledge about the biodiversity and ecology of the region. We will conduct field surveys at sites covering a variety of Tarkine ecosystems. A central base camp at Riverbend Youth Centre (near Smithton) will provide facilities to share discoveries, identify and collate specimens, database records and, of course, rest and relax after a day in the field.
We see science as a central component to the Bob Brown Foundation campaign for long lasting and secure protection of takayna / Tarkine, including improving our understanding of the biodiversity of the Tarkine region.
Who can join in?
Anyone. BioBlitzes are fun, educational and meaningful to the community, naturalists and scientists alike. This is an event where everyone can explore, learn and contribute to our knowledge of biodiversity. Through BioBlitz we will together create a significant resource of biodiversity data and have an opportunity to share knowledge and enthusiasm for the natural world and one of the last wild places on the planet, takayna / Tarkine.
Where is BioBlitz?
Field sites in the Tarkine we will be visiting include a coast, forest and plains sites. We will travel each day in mini buses and car-pooling each day. We will conduct an intensive field study of three locations in the Tarkine – a coastal region, the plains and forest region.