Register online for the Trunkey Creek Bioblitz or in person on Saturday 4th June at Trunkey Creek Showground from 8amThe K2W Trunkey Creek BioBlitz 2016 is a two-day, free community event involving a series of wildlife and habitat surveys, undertaken at various sites around Trunkey Creek NSW. The surveys will be led by expert ecologists, and aim to raise community appreciation and awareness about biodiversity in K2W, as well as contribute new fauna sightings to the Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) and Hollows for Homes register.
Trunkey Creek Showground NSW (map)
Date/s and Time/s
Friday 3rd June -10am-2pm (Schools only ) 6:00pm -9pm (general community)
Saturday 4th June -7:00am-(8:00am (ecologists) 8:00am-4:00pm (general community)
Primary event contacts:
Mary Bonet (K2W Facilitator- Upper Lachlan Landcare) ph. 0459352892 email firstname.lastname@example.org (coordination)
Dr Anne Kerle: (Kerle Environmental) Ph: 0428 846 509 Email: email@example.com (Survey Leader)
Or register on Saturday 4th June in person from 8:00am
9:30 – 2:30
Trunkey Creek Public School & Small Heritage School Programme:
9:30 Check-in & official start
10:00 – 10:30: Opening talk
10:30 – 11:30: Session 1
11:30 – 12:30: Session 2
12:30 – 1:00: LUNCH
1:00 – 2:00: Session 3
Sessions to be run as a round robin:
- Streamwatch & NPWS Trailer – Andy McQuie
- Who lives Here? – Anne Kerle & Mike Fleming
What do animals need to live? – a house, something to eat and a mate [Habitat requirements] Skulls, scats and other sign [Binocular microscope & quizes] How do we know who is there?; Observation: Birds (binocs), Nocturnal animals (spotlighting & call playback)Trapping: Elliot & cage traps;Remote recording; Micro-bats: Anabat call detection [demonstration of how it works]; Camera traps
- Zoomobile – Michelle and Ryan
3:00pm – 6:00pm
(Ecologists to do Anabat, Elliot traps and callback setup)
6.00pm – 9.00pm
Night with the Gliders
Dinner and Talk by Peter and Judy Smith- Black Stump Hotel Trunkey Creek followed by spotlighting tour
7:00 – 8:00am Check traps soon after dawn and release captured animals within 1.5 hours after dawn
7:30-8:30am Bird survey
8:30 – 9:00: Launch of the BioBlitz Welcome to country- Pejar LALC bioblitz talk [Reg Kidd Ashley Bland)
9:00 – 10:30: SESSION 1
10:30 – 11:00: Morning tea
11:00 – 12:30: SESSION 2
12:30 – 1:30: Lunch
1:30 – 3:30: SESSION 3
3:30 – 4:00: Wrap-up – message of connecting people connecting nature
Plants: Roger Lembit +1 Barb McTaggart (TBC)
Zoo Mobile: (2 sessions 1hr each) Michelle Durkan- Ryan
Birds: Mike Fleming, Tiff Mason
Other fauna + tree hollows: Adrian (USyd), Katarina Mikac/Elira Reynolds (Quolls, UOW), Peter & Judy Smith,
Museum in a box + Skulls, scats and other sign + NPWS Trailer: Anne Kerle & Andy McQuie
Stall holders: NCT, Foundation for National Parks; Cowra Woodland Birds; Conservation Volunteers; Skillset Green Army, Landcare; Land for Wildlife; LLS; OEH;
The primary aims of the event are to:
- Involve the local community in wildlife surveys to raise awareness and appreciation of local biodiversity.
- Collect new data and other documentation (e.g. photos) about the animals that live in the area.
The wildlife surveys will focus mainly on native animals, particularly birds, reptiles, amphibians, and mammals, including bats and arboreal mammals (e.g. Squirrel Glider) and flora including hollow bearing trees. The event will be preceded by a 2-3 week reconnaissance survey by P&J Ecological Consultants to ascertain the types of species likely to be encountered confirm suitable locations for survey activities and report any associated logistical problems.
Friday 3rd June will be a “Schools day”, whilst the Friday evening and Saturday will entail activities involving the broader community. This is the first bioblitz in K2W in what organisers hope will become a biennual event.
This activity is an initiative of the Kanangra Boyd to Wyangala Link partnership and contributes to three projects: restoring the “Glideways” of the K2W Link, funded by the NSW Governments Environmental Trust ‟Bushconnect program”, The South East Local Lands Services – Communities, Industries and Landscape Fund and The Australian Government Biodiversity Fund.
The project area is one of three priority landscapes for biodiversity identified in the K2W landscape.
The Copperhannia/Abercrombie district is a recognised area of considerable biodiversity values. A number of national and state-listed threatened species are permanent residents in the district, and others visit at various times of the year. The K2W Trunkey Creek Bioblitz 2016 aims to compliment past research by collecting new and additional data to help build a better understanding of what we have living locally. The primary aim of the event is to engage the broader community in „hands–on‟ learning about local biodiversity. The data collected during the event will be loaded on to the Atlas of Living Australia.