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Extinction Matters BioBlitz
September 2, 2016 @ 8:00 am - September 3, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
Threatened Species Day marks the date – 7th September 1936 – of the death of the last known thylacine. Eighty years on, this year’s theme for the day is ‘Extinction Matters’. Two BioBlitzes will explore this theme and celebrate our biodiversity:
● 2nd-3rd September at the Queen’s Domain, Hobart
● 9th-10th September at Bell’s Parade, Latrobe (including Pig Island and Dooleys Hill)
A BioBlitz is a festival of science in nature – an effort by the community, working with scientists and naturalists, to discover and record as many living things as possible within each site for a set period (30 hours in this case). We’ll obtain new information for each site, while sharing the joy of science in general and the discovery of our local biodiversity in particular.
You can visit stalls with information on plant and animal species from the site, and participate in surveys throughout the 30 hour period, to help find as many species as we can. Join experts for a dawn bird survey; see what you can spot during surveys for species such as orchids, mosses, beetles through the day; help set camera traps to be checked the following morning, and choose various bat, owl and moth activities through the night. Sign-up to iNaturalist, download the iNaturalist app and register as an observer on the project to record your discoveries.
Activities on Friday will include a range of schools-specific options, with interpretive night walks and bat surveys for families in the evening and plenty more on to the following afternoon. Whether you’re a scientist, a naturalist, a teacher, an organiser or simply a curious member of the public – come and join in – spare an hour at one of the events, or jump in boots and all for both weekends!