The BioBlitz at Harry Bowey Reserve was held as part of National Science Week on the 22nd and 23rd of August, 2014. A BioBlitz involves a team of scientists working with the public to discover and record the life of a park or reserve: everything from brightly-coloured beetles to seldom-seen bats, from cheeky possums to wonderful water-bugs. Over 450 people joined us at Harry Bowey Reserve in the City of Salisbury. The BioBlitz started in the morning on Friday 22nd with a series of activities for local school classes. These hands-on sessions teamed school students with expert presenters who ran local wildlife demonstrations with snakes, spiders and potoroos, conducted water-bug sampling from the Little Para River, created nature-art, and surveyed local birds and fungi. From Friday afternoon through to Saturday afternoon, scientists worked with the public to survey the local biodiversity. Surveys were conducted for: Frogs – looking for them and listening for their calls Birds – in the evening and the morning Mammals – tracks and traces during the day, and spotlighting at night Ants – both nocturnal and diurnal Bats – recording their echolocation with an AnaBat device Water-bugs – netting in the Little Para River and inspecting them under microscopes Insects – attracting them to a light trap Native plants – mapping their locations Weeds – spotting the nasties! Fungi – finding wild fungi Reptiles – looking under rocks and bark
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