“Get that whitefella out of your head” Theresa says as we walk. This is a quote she likes to use to ask people to think from a different perspective. She is asking us to imagine what it would be like to live here as we walk from Temma to Darty’s Corner. This strip of coastline forms part of the Western Tasmanian Aboriginal Cultural Landscape, an area that was once home to people who lived in semi-permanent villages, the ocean their greatest resource. Today a rich array of artefacts, middens and hut depressions tell the story of their lives here.
Dan Broun recaps Tarkine BioBlitz coastal surveys from Friday, which included checking carnivore traps with Channing Hughes and searching for the elusive golden moth orchid with Janine Cranney.
Video Courtesy of Dan Broun.
A huge freshwater crayfish, Astacopsis gouldi, was a highlight of the Tarkine BioBlitz yesterday, with expert Todd Walsh finding the superb specimen in a rainforest that remains unprotected from logging.
On Friday BioBlitzers headed to Sundowner Point and Kepple Creek to check carnivore traps with Channing Hughes.
Greg Martin and Stuart Rose direct the group of BioBlitzers for fish and invertebrates studies in freshwater sites on the west coast of takayna / Tarkine.
Video Courtesy of Steve Pearce
Every year at Tarkine BioBlitz we host Burnie high school students in the Tarkine to participate in our festival of science. Dr Peter McQuillan from University of Tasmania, Todd Walsh, the Lobster man, Theresa Sainty from Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre and James Pay all led surveys with the students in a fun-filled day yesterday.
Video Courtesy of Jase White
One hundred and sixty scientists and community members from Tasmania, NSW, Victoria and SA have arrived in Tasmania’s Tarkine to discover and document the natural and cultural values of the remote wilderness threatened region.
Steve Pearce recaps our BioBlitz intro day for staff and volunteers.
We jump in and drive in convoy towards Temma, a tiny shack township on the Tarkine coast. We are to go to our farthest site first them make our way back towards camp, stopping at many sites along the way. We pull up at our first site, a small culvert beside the road. It doesn't look promising. Our freshwater experts snap into gear; pulling on neoprene waders and flap caps, carrying nets, white trays and countless vials.Read more
Ecologists study rich diversity of the deep takayna/Tarkine rainforest A team of ecologists has returned from a pre-bioblitz survey deep into a remote part of the takayna/Tarkine rainforest. Over the course of several nights, they captured images of the abundant animal life of the forest using camera traps.
The southern section of the Tarkine coast is a remote, exposed and wild place. Very little scientific study of the area has been done, and the WildBlitz was to gain greater insight into this area. The plan was for a small team of scientists and supporters to survey the plants of Mt Donaldson then trek along the coast for three days, surveying for species and habitats as they went.