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Wedge-tailed eagle photo David Gallan

This year’s BioBlitz will be on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th of November with our Basecamp at the Four Winds Windsong Pavilion just south of Bermagui.

Register for your surveys here and go to the Four Winds website to sign up for the music concert and photography and botanical illustration Masterclasses.

4winds_logo_blk-white33377-beec-logo-finalThis year the Atlas of Life is partnering with Four Winds and Bournda EEC to co-ordinate a music rich, creative BioBlitz at the Barragga Bay site and in nearby reference habitats. Over two fun-filled, entertaining days, together the Atlas of Life and Four Winds will establish a baseline species record from around 60 surveys. We invite all participants to download our new NatureMapr app to make species recording easy and fun.

This information will inform the success of the plantings and other rehabilitation works, as the range and variability of species increases as the ecological communities become established. Four Winds is committed to a long-term rehabilitation of their beautiful Barragga Bay music festival site. They have already begun the development of an Arboretum with 1000+ native, local seedlings planted and flourishing.

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2nd prize winner Atlas 2015 photo competition Georgia Poyner

We have had a great response from the prosepctive Survey Leaders so we are offering a broad spread of surveys of habitats and species groups. From October 1st you can go to our booking system to secure your places and find out more : Eventbrite

BioBlitzes are festivals of science in nature and attract scientists, naturalists and community to work together to explore the biodiversity of an area within a two day period.

This BioBlitz will include a schools program run in partnership with the Bournda Environmental Education Centre, a Basecamp with exhibitions from the Australian Museum, opportunity to view a large number of species during over 60 surveys ranging from flora walks, to reptile hunts and searches for peacock spiders, night time moth and possum surveys, motion sensitive camera traps and many other specialist activities. Using our recently acquired Microeye microscope, visitors will be invited to view the marvels of the micro world – the scales of a moth’s wing, a reptile’s skin or the gills on a fungus. There will be presentations from experts and the chance to walk with them to see more of the nature of the Four Winds site.

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Lyrebird bathing. motion sensitive camera David Gallan

This BioBlitz will form part of the Four Winds Open Days, showcasing their and our activities, including a music performance fro “Fourplay” Indie string quartet in the Soundshell on Saturday November 12th at 2:00pm. Artists participating in the Four Winds Bermagui Project will receive briefings from visiting scientist that will inform creative works, some that may be improvised on the day and others that will contribute to an extensive exhibition “on place” in 2017. This is a great opportunity to see and enjoy your Four Winds site from a different perspective and help us vision its future shape for our community.

We invite you to join us, either as participants – watch the website for information and  sign up for surveys, survey leaders – tell us your speciality! or volunteers, survey leader’s helpers or photographers, identification and data input volunteers and Basecamp helpers, guides, catering and operational. If you would like to learn how a BioBlitz works, volunteer early and help us organise. For more information contact Libby Hepburn: libby@atlasoflife.org.au,  and watch our website for up to date details and registering for surveys.