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Extinction Matters BioBlitz - Kingborough

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Browns River Estuary

Christopher Johnson Memorial Park

Bonnet Hill, Tasmania

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This year’s Extinction Matters BioBlitz is taking place on 3-4 November at Browns River Estuary, Kingston Beach.

A partnership between the Bookend Trust and Kingborough 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 (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.

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 Kingborough 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!

For updates, follow the Extinction Matters BioBlitzes Facebook page.

If you experience difficulties booking on EventBrite, you can call Kingborough Council on 6211 8200.


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 2017 Extinction Matters BioBlitz?

Browns River Estuary, Kingston Beach.

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

In the week leading up to BioBlitzes, 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 Kingborough Council on 6211 8200.

All participants need to sign in and out of the activity at the Basecamp (or another allocated meeting point if specified by email) prior to participating in any surveys. See site maps for information on where each BioBlitz Basecamp is.

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, drive or bus to Browns River Estuary. Use the Google map to work out how to get Basecamp.

The site is about 200 m away from the closest bus stop.

There'll be an area allocated for everyone to lock their bikes.

Please note that Tyndall Road access to the car park is closed for the duration of the event.

Is there any parking?

Public parking is available in the local streets. Please respect local residents' access and don't block driveways.

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.

Barbeque food and soft drinks will be available from the local Sea Scouts on Saturday.

Hot drinks will be available on the Friday evening.

BYO food welcome.

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

For questions, or if you experience difficulties booking on EventBrite, you can call Kingborough Council on 6211 8200.

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 bjupe@kingborough.tas.gov.au or call Kingborough Council on 6211 8200.

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Browns River Estuary

Christopher Johnson Memorial Park

Bonnet Hill, Tasmania

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