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Saturday 6th March 2021,  10.00a.m.

BioBlitz at Guerilla Bay, in conjunction with the local Landcare Group.

Meet at Burrewarra Carpark Burri Point Road Guerilla Bay. Note the earlier start. Full details of the program appear on this page below.

The local Landcare group at Guerilla Bay has organised a Bio Blitz for Friday 5th and Saturday 6th March.

Our APS group was asked if we could assist with the plant identification surveys. The dates coincided with our monthly meeting, so the committee thought that we could combine the two.              

We would like to invite you all to attend this fabulous opportunity to examine the environment in detail and to help provide information for a local valued area. Please see the information regarding this event and our proposed involvement.

I would just like to repeat our message of what’s coming up .                                                                       Your committee is due to meet and plan further ahead so this list will grow. Our aim is to provide advance warning of future activities to help you, but sometimes that is not possible.                                  March Meeting -Saturday 6th -Bioblitz participation at Guerilla Bay                                                            April Meeting - Saturday 10th April (one week later to avoid Easter). A grafting demonstration and practical session, and garden visit at Phil and Catriona’s property at Little Forest.                                       May Meeting - Saturday 1st May Garden visit or two at Rosedale

Thank you for your patience and support over the last year.    Di Clark

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Annie Lane, <gbbioblitz@gmail.com> is the co-ordinator of Guerilla Bay Landcare, and organiser of this environment survey.

Annie writes “February is quickly slipping away and already it feels like summer is fading as autumn creeps in. We are on track to hold the Guerilla Bay Bioblitz on 5-6 March. It is shaping up to be a fun and exciting event. The final program as we know it is detailed below”.

It is important to note that participants do not need to have prior knowledge of plants and animals to participate in a survey. In fact, the point of this event is to learn from those who do know, and all of the event leaders are more than happy to share their knowledge. You don’t need to learn species’ names and there will not be a test at the end.

 

Ticketing

Note that whilst all activities are free, the Bioblitz is a ticketed event.                                                        

This means you will need to “purchase” tickets for all activities you plan to attend. Most activities have a limit on the number of participants to ensure an enjoyable and educational experience for all.

You can reserve your tickets from 0700 on 19 February and closing at 1730 on 5 March.

Here is the link the purchase our tickets.

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/guerilla-bay-bioblitz-tickets-140620165701

                                                                                                                                                                              You will still need to sign the register at basecamp for each event in which you participate.              Events on Friday 5 March

Event

Start

Finish

Max participants

Bird survey

0700

0830

10

Plant survey – Burrewarra Pt Reserve

9.00 am

10.30 am

 

Plant survey – Coastal reserve (behind houses)

9.00 am

10.30 am

 

Demonstration and erection of hair funnels and motion sensor cameras

11.00 pm

13.00

20

Nocturnal visitors – hidden camera footage shown at basecamp

Throughout the day

 

Unlimited

Plant survey – Burrewarra Pt reserve

14.00

1500

 

Plant survey – coastal reserve (behind houses)

14.00

1500

 

Creating habitat using nest boxes

1530

1630

Unlimited

Bird survey

5.00 pm

6.30 pm

10

Insect survey

8.00 pm

late

Unlimited

Spotlighting

8.30 pm

9.30

 

 

Events on Saturday 6 March

Event

Start

Finish

Max participants

Bird survey

0800

0930

10

Check cameras and hair funnels

0830

0930

20

Bird survey

0930

1100

10

Nocturnal visitors – hidden camera footage shown at basecamp

Throughout the day

 

Unlimited

Plant survey – Burrewarra Pt Reserve

1030

1200

 

Plant survey - Coastal reserve (behind houses)

1200

1330

 

 

 

 

 

Nature writing in the Australian Context

1400

1530

Unlimited

Wind up, pack up, drinks

1530

1800

Unlimited


APS members can attend the Friday sessions as well as our official Saturday meeting.                   Members are welcome to participate in sessions other than the plant surveys, provided that the appropriate “tickets” have been purchased previously.                                                                                  If you look at the proposed start/finish times for the Saturday plant surveys, the program shows there is no break between them. We will have our usual break after the morning session, and commence the afternoon session about 1 hour later. This will give us plenty of time to catch up.

If you miss out on reserving a ticket for your preferred activity and time, Annie suggests you turn up anyway, because chances are that not all people who have reserved a ticket will show.                             If it’s clear that a particular activity is in high demand, we will do our best to run more of the same activity, either in parallel or in a different time slot. 

 

iNaturalist

All sightings recorded during the weekend will end up in iNaturalist, a free platform designed for citizen scientists.                                                                                                                                                              The Guerilla Bay Bioblitz project has been set up in iNaturalist and all sightings from within the geographic boundary of Guerilla Bay logged during the Bioblitz will automatically fall under the project. Guerilla Bay Bioblitz · iNaturalist   

Observations logged outside of 5-6 March will still be shown in Guerilla Bay, just not under the Bioblitz project.

 We will have people who are familiar with iNat assisting survey leaders to record species.I encourage you to download the app (application) to your smart phone and have a go. It’s really a lot of fun and I’ve found it has boosted my motivation to record and learn what plants and creatures live in my neighbourhood.

 

Blitzing your backyard

If you catch the bug, so to speak, and are keen to continue logging sightings between Bioblitz scheduled activities, then why not explore your own backyard. Every sighting adds to the growing body of records for Guerilla Bay. Continue logging after the Bioblitz and you’ll be surprised at how many different plants and animals live in or visit your patch over the seasons.

 APS Members, you can easily record your observations of plants/animals/insects etc found in your local patch, or even during wanders in bush areas further away, and these observations will add to the store of knowledge for broader areas.                                                                                                                              

This could be the start of a new hobby. Use this opportunity to learn how to use iNaturalist.

 What to bring

Tickets for individual activities include what to bring.                                                                               Basically, wear sensible clothing and footwear to suit weather conditions and terrain, bring drinking water, morning tea and lunch, camera and smart phone for recording sightings, and binoculars for birds. You should also want to bring a chair for use at base camp whilst we enjoy morning tea and lunch.

 Can’t wait to see you all there!!

 If you have any questions about the program, these would best be directed to

Annie Lane

<gbbioblitz@gmail.com>

0428837218

Landcare Coordinator Guerilla Bay

Chair, Budawang Coast Atlas of Life

 

 

                                

                      

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