Media Release: Endangered Masked Owl among more than two hundred species recorded in Tarkine BioBlitz.

“A World Heritage-listed National Park is urgently needed for Tasmania’s takayna / Tarkine. Over the past days at our Tarkine BioBlitz, 150 experts and enthusiasts have recorded rare, threatened and endangered species that are not in secure conservation reserves. Logging, off-road vehicles, and mining are damaging natural values of this last wild place,” Bob Brown Foundation’s Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said.

“Biodiversity and nature's contributions continue dangerous decline across planet Earth and takayna / Tarkine provides a critical ark of species that need to be protected. During the annual Tarkine BioBlitz, an endangered Masked Owl was identified in Frankland River forests threatened by logging this summer, just one of the many hundreds of species recorded across Tasmania’s takayna / Tarkine,” Jenny Weber said.

Our BioBlitz citizen science project has seen people explore the spectacular rainforests, rivers, coasts, and plains of takayna / Tarkine. 150 experts and enthusiasts attended Bob Brown Foundation’s annual event in north-western Tasmania for intensive fieldwork to document the native species in takayna / Tarkine. Forty wildlife and vegetation surveys have been carried out in the Tarkine BioBlitz since Friday morning and the current species count for the last two days is 230 species with plenty more to be added to that list.

Tarkine BioBlitz Science Coordinator Nick Fitzgerald said it was yet another successful BioBlitz with hundreds of observations of different species from a variety of the Tarkine’s wild landscapes.

“A seabird which is very rarely seen in Tasmania was observed off the takayna / Tarkine coast. A pair of Grey-tailed Tattlers, a Palearctic migratory wader that's a very uncommon migrant to Tasmania, though mostly concentrated in the northwest with 1-2 recorded sightings per year,” Nick Fitzgerald said.

“Ten species of the bizarre organisms, slime moulds were observed in the wet forest. An obscure, rarely seen and common species, the tiny slime moulds observations included a recently a recently described species which has only been found twice before,” said expert Sarah Lloyd.

“Endangered Tasmanian Devils, the world’s largest freshwater crayfish Astacopsis gouldi, rare and threatened orchids, Spotted galaxias, ferns, bryophytes, and the Eastern Bettong are just a shortlist of the vast array of plants, birds, aquatic species and mammals that we have seen and recorded in our fifth annual Tarkine BioBlitz,” Jenny Weber said.

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