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Don Reserve

Splash Aquatic Centre

260 Steele Street

Devonport, Tasmania 7310

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To view the different surveys and other activities - click on 'Register' (floating block, right hand side of this page).




This year’s Extinction Matters BioBlitz is taking place on 8-9 November 2019 at Don Reserve, Devonport.

A partnership between the Bookend Trust and Devonport City Council has developed this year’s initiative.

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. 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. This is the fourth Extinction Matters BioBlitz, run by the Bookend Trust together with the local council on acouncil reserve. For more information on these, see the Extinction Matters BioBlitzes website.

You can visit stalls with information on plant and animal species found on the site, and participate in surveys throughout the 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 orchids, beetles, fungi and more through the day; help set camera traps to be checked the following morning, and look out for bats, owls and frogs through the night. There will be a special focus on Tasmania's incredible burrowing crayfish on the Friday afternoon, and a Living Things drawing workshop on the Saturday morning.

Sign-up to iNaturalist, download the iNaturalist app and register as an observer on the project 'Extinction Matters BioBlitz Don Reserve' to record your discoveries.

Book into surveys now! - via 'Register', at the top of this page. Surveys on Friday morning are for schools students and not available through EventBrite, but from the mid afternoon all activities will be available for everyone, young and old, running into night time surveys for species such as moths and bats, through to dawn bird surveys the following day and plenty more till 4 pm in the afternoon. Surveys can be booked through EventBrite or by phone to Devonport City Council (see below)

Everyone is welcome - from curious members of the public to expert scientists - so come and contribute to this community effort. Spare an hour at one of the events, or jump in boots and all!

A few extra surprise surveys are still to be added to the list below! For updates, follow the Extinction Matters BioBlitzes Facebook page.

If you experience difficulties booking on EventBrite, you can call Devonport City Council on 6424 0511.


Important information for those booking an activity

We want everyone to have a safe, comfortable and inspiring time during all the surveys and activities so please take note of any clothing or equipment you should bring to an activity. Once you book into an activity you will receive information on what to bring. We recommend everyone wear sturdy footwear and bring clothing to suit changing weather conditions.

We are excited to be promoting a child friendly event, but all children must be accompanied by a supervising adult and follow the instructions of the team leader at all times.

Please note - surveys will be undertaken in dog off-lead areas, but when on an activity participants are advised NOT to bring pet dogs or any other pet.


Frequently asked questions

What is a BioBlitz?

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.

Where is the 2019 Extinction Matters BioBlitz?

Don Reserve, Devonport.

Park and sign in at BioBlitz BaseCamp - beside the Splash Aquatic Centre.

I’ve booked into a survey, what happens next?

In the week leading up to the BioBlitz, detailed information will be emailed out to all participants who have booked to attend a survey. On the day you will be attending the BioBlitz, please arrive at least 10 minutes before the start of the activity to sign in at the allocated meeting point. Please allow plenty of time to get to the allocated meeting point.


What do I have to do to book into an activity?

Surveys can be booked through EventBrite (see the 'Register' button at the top of this page). If you experience difficulties registering on EventBrite, you can call Devonport City Council on 6424 0511.

All participants need to sign in and out of the activity at the Basecamp - Splash Aquatic Centre (or another allocated meeting point if specified by email) prior to participating in any surveys.

Do I have to register for activities before the day?

We recommend participants register for surveys before the day to ensure you get a spot; however, there will be a range of additional activities at Basecamp. Bookings are not required to take part in any of the activities at Basecamp. At Basecamp you can visit stalls, and may get the chance to see live animals and plants, help with identification, use microscopes and talk to local experts.


How do I get to the BioBlitz?

You can walk, bike ride or drive to Don Reserve. Use the Google map to work out how to get Basecamp.

Public parking is available at Splash Aquatic Centre.

Is there a charge for activities?

No, all activities are free!

How many surveys can I register for?

You can register for as many surveys as you like!


What if it’s wet, cold and windy?

The BioBlitz will go ahead as long as it's safe to do so. Many surveys can go ahead when weather conditions are not favourable. If the BioBlitz cannot go ahead, participants will be informed by email and via our Facebook page.

What facilities are there?

There are toilets and drinking water available at the site.

At Basecamp, a food van will be selling hot food on Friday & Saturday, and hot drinks will be available on the Friday evening. Coffee will also be available next to Basecamp, at the Splash Aquatic Centre, till 8pm on Friday and all day Saturday.

BYO food is also welcome.

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

For questions, or if you experience difficulties booking on EventBrite, you can call Devonport City Council on 6424 0511.

What if I cannot make an activity I booked into?

If you are no longer able to attend an activity or you made a mistake, please follow the prompts to cancel your ticket. If you have any issues please email council@devonport.tas.gov.au or call Devonport City Council on 6424 0511.

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Don Reserve

Splash Aquatic Centre

260 Steele Street

Devonport, Tasmania 7310

Australia

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