Na­ture

Call to join Bioblitz at re­serve

Great Southern Herald - - Front Page - Gen Har­vey

Wa­gin Woody Land­care is call­ing for bud­ding nat­u­ral­ists, would-be David At­ten­bor­oughs, fu­ture sci­en­tists and all those with a pas­sion for flora and fauna to at­tend Bio-blitz in the Winge­dyne Na­ture Re­serve in Woodanilling Shire.

Bio-blitz is a great op­por­tu­nity to learn from ex­perts about our lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment and per­form in­ter­est­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, such as fauna trap­ping.

With the sup­port of the State NRM Of­fice, Wa­gin Woody Land­care en­gages a range of sci­en­tist and ex­pe­ri­enced am­a­teurs to come along and guide par­tic­i­pants in sur­vey­ing a cho­sen field, which can include birds, in­sects, mam­mals, soils/flora and rep­tiles.

Camp­ing fa­cil­i­ties will include toi­lets and main meals will be catered — par­tic­i­pants will need to bring their own camp­ing equip­ment and snacks for the day.

This fam­ily-friendly event is a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity to get some hands-on bi­o­log­i­cal sci­ence ex­pe­ri­ence and learn from ex­pe­ri­enced peo­ple.

Bio-blitz will start on Satur­day, Septem­ber 23, and fin­ishes on Sun­day af­ter­noon, Septem­ber 24. Guests will have the op­tion to camp on-site and par­tic­i­pate in night ac­tiv­i­ties, such as a night stalk and noc­tur­nal species sur­veys.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Diana Black­lock at Wa­gin Woodanilling Land­care on 9861 2222 and to regis­ter go to wa­gin-woody­land­care.org.au.

Jeff Short of Wildlife Re­search and Man­age­ment with a red-tailed phasco­gale.

The red-veined shell orchid is na­tive to the re­gion.

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