The BioBlitz at Oaklands Wetland was held as part of National Science Week on the 29th and 30th 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 Oaklands Wetland in the City of Marion. The BioBlitz started in the morning on Friday 29th 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 wetland, 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 wetland and inspecting them under the microscope Insects – attracting them to a light trap Spiders – searching amongst the leaf litter Native plants – mapping their locations Weeds – spotting the nasties! Fungi – finding wild fungi Reptiles – looking under rocks and bark Fish – trapping and netting in the wetland
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