“A BioBlitz is an intense period of biological surveying in an attempt to record all the living species within a designated area. Groups of scientists, naturalists and volunteers conduct an intensive field study over a continuous time period“
Our first official BioBlitz was set up at the Ecosanctuary site last weekend with volunteers venturing forth, armed with clipboards, notebooks and I-Naturalist NZ Apps, headed to a designated area in the Ecosanctuary to explore and examine what was there and to record their observations that will be entered into the Database as a unique record!
This BioBlitz was a very valuable first step in establishing meaningful and useful information for future records, capturing what is the current state of the Ecosanctuary right now, during a time when Wallaby and other pest predators are at large and decimating much of the undergrowth , versus a state of the Ecosanctuary area once the predator fence has been installed. With the fence installed and elimation of ALL wallaby and predators, the regeneration of the native bush will be amazing!
BioBltz volunteers met 9.30 a.m for a briefing before heading out into the field by 10 a.m. We were very appreciative to have local expert Botanists and Biodiversity specialists included amongst the group who provided on-the ground information that was very engaging and the catalyst of any number of interesting conversations during the morning exploration BioBlitz session.
Meeting back at the Ecosanctuary Visitor Centre aftewards for a cuppa, with a discourse and download of verbal and captured information was very rewarding.
A big thank you to everyone for coming along to what will be the start of regular Ecosanctuary BioBlitz sessions.
It was a great start and whether a first time BioBlitzer or an expert...we welcome you all and hope you enjoyed the session!
Our youngest Bio Blitzers were in action too! Joining us with their clipboard, magnifying glasses and use of dad's phone to record photos along the way - these stars were recording birdlife that they heard or saw!
Until next time on the "Biome Blog" - take care,
Point Bush Ecosanctuary Trustee
NB: Want to join us for a session on how to use the I-Naturalist NZ App?
Come along next Friday 4th November 7 – 8 pm.
A casual social evening with HOW TO USE I-NATURALIST NZ APP
Venue: Point Bush Ecosanctuary Visitor Centre
- 228 Point Bush Road, Waimate 7979
Contact: 021 576 8678