Insects, plants, birds and lichens will all be the target of
smart phone users during a Mini BioBlitz event being held at Sandy Point on
Saturday 14 October.
Organised by Environment Southland and supported by the
Department of Conservation and Invercargill City Council, the event is a great
opportunity for people of all ages to explore the magnificent natural landscape
at Sandy Point and uncover some of its hidden treasures.
Environment Southland biodiversity programme leader Ali
Meade said a BioBlitz is basically a scientific race against time, with the
goal to count as many different species as possible during the event.
Participants will use their smart phones to photograph a variety of species,
recording their finds on the iNaturalist app. They can choose to explore on
their own following the available maps or join a guided walk.
Experts, including ecologists, botanists, herpetologists and
entomologists, will be on hand to help identify the finds.
“Southland has so many species that we take for granted and
others that we rarely see, sometimes because we don’t know what we are looking
for. This is a great way for people to enjoy a family day out and learn about
the range of biodiversity right on our doorstep,” Ali said.
“It will also provide us with an exciting snapshot of what
is hiding within the Sandy Point ecosystem. It’s quite likely people will
uncover things we didn’t know were there.”
The day runs from 10am until 4.30pm, is completely free and
open to all ages. Participants should download the iNaturalist app from the app
store before heading out and ensure they wear appropriate clothing for the
weather, bring snacks and a drink bottle.
A base will be set up at Daffodil Bay and guided walks will
leave every hour from 10.30am. A local cub group will have a fundraising
sausage sizzle available on site.
For more information visit our website www.es.govt.nz or contact Ali Meade on 0800 76