The Great Southern Bioblitz is coming October 22-25, 2021

The Great Southern Bioblitz is coming (October 22-25, 2021)!

To help you prepare the organizing team is offering online iNaturalist training sessions.

Beginner: Tues 17th August and Tues 28th September at 7:30pm.

Advanced: Tues 7th September at 7:30pm.

See below for registration details.

This year the Castlemaine Field Naturalists Club is hosting the Great Southern Bioblitz for our region, i.e. the Mt Alexander Shire and the eastern half of Hepburn Shire.  A map of this region is shown on our local pageAll are welcome and encouraged to contribute. You simply photograph as many plants and animals as you can in the region during the Bioblitz period, October 22-25, and load your sightings into iNaturalist. Even if you unable to record your own sightings you can still contribute by identifying the observations that others have loaded.

The Great Southern Bioblitz is not only fun, but an important way of recording the life-forms that are present in our area.  Once you add a sighting to iNaturalist, others can help with or verify the identification. Data are then fed into repositories such as Atlas of Living Australia (Museums & CSIRO) and state biodiversity databases such as Victorian Biodiversity Atlas (DELWP).  To find out more visit Home | Great Southern Bioblitz (wixsite.com) and our local page.  A full list of the 71 groups (10 in Victoria) so-far taking part can be seen at the Umbrella Project page.

You can register using Eventbrite at the links below.  This training will be useful beyond the Bioblitz as it will enable you to submit sightings from anywhere at any time.

A Beginners guide for using iNaturalist

Tue, 17 August 2021

7:30 PM – 8:30PM AEST

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Advanced tips for using iNaturalist

Tue, 7 September 2021

7:30 PM – 8:30PM AEST

A Beginners guide for using iNaturalist

Tue, 28 September 2021

7:30 PM – 8:30PM AEST

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