Scenic Rim holding first ever bioblitz

SEARCH AND STUDY: Dr Ronda Green is leading the Scenic Rim's first ever bioblitz to identify native fauna.
SEARCH AND STUDY: Dr Ronda Green is leading the Scenic Rim's first ever bioblitz to identify native fauna.

On October 15 to 17 the Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland is holding a 48-hour bioblitz at Mount Tamborine. 

Chair of Scenic Rim Wildlife and event organiser, Dr Ronda Green, said it was the first bioblitz to be held in the Scenic Rim and would be a citizen science event, with the general public invited to help identify and study the different species of wildlife known to exist in the region.

Dr Green said the project had gained momentum, with interest from Griffith University staff and students as well as several highly qualified experts who had agreed to guide small groups of people during the project.

“I attended the inaugural conference of the Australian Citizen Science Association last year in Canberra, and became quite excited about the idea of bioblitzes, which collect biodiversity information for science, conservation management and education,” she said.

“Bioblitzes are a great opportunity for local residents of all ages to learn just how much wonderful diversity there is around them, to learn how to start identifying animals and plants they find.

“It’s also a chance to experience how much fun it is to be out there in natural surroundings looking for beetles, toadstools, lizards and everything else that lives in the forest or other native habitat.”

Dr Green said the event would begin in earnest on Sunday but moth experts would be getting in early and setting up light traps on Saturday evening.

“I’m also delighted that we have some great experts joining us and willing to work in with members of the general community,” she said.

“These include authors of books on spiders, butterflies, crustaceans, fungi, rainforest trees and vines.”

Dr Green said the bioblitz opening would be at 10am on Sunday October 15 in the Tamborine Mountain Rainforest Skywalk car park but participants could report to bioblitz centres at either Thunderbird Park or Skywalk any time after the opening.

“Parking may be limited at Skywalk so we’re encouraging people to carpool if possible,” she said.

“We will also be holding a follow-up workshop at The Centre in Beaudesert on November 11 to talk about what we found and how the results can be used.”

To find out more about the bioblitz, visit scenicrim.wildlife.org.au/news-and-events/coming-events/scenic-rim-bioblitz-october-2017/