SCENIC RIM’S FIRST BIOBLITZ - FIRST SCIENTIFIC RESULTS REVEALED
In October, Queensland’s Scenic Rim hosted the region’s first Bioblitz, engaging scientists, naturalists, and volunteers to conduct a 48-hour intensive field study in an attempt to record all the living species within the area. This week, the first scientific survey results were revealed.
With its rich soils and varied topography, the Scenic Rim Region is one of the most species-rich regions of Australia, which made it the perfect candidate for a Bioblitz event. Unfortunately, the event was accompanied by heavy rain, which affected public participation. Nevertheless, Ronda Green, Chair of Wildlife Tourism Australia and the Scenic Rim Branch of the Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland - and also owner/operator of Advanced Ecotourism Certified Araucaria Ecotours, said the Bioblitz was a successful event with a reasonable turnout.
Over the 48-hour period, participants identified over 70 bird species, more than 30 fungi, and various species of mammals, insects, and plants. Although some animals like butterflies and reptiles were hard to find due to the constant rain, the weather conditions were excellent for other species. A large collection of moths, including more than 184 different species, were sampled and identified by Professor. Roger Kitching, who led the moth-collecting team. Even a few new spider species were discovered during the Bioblitz, including a new species of the Rounded Silver Orb Weaver, the Small Green Rainforest Theridion, and the Judith Roland’s Crab Spider.
The surveys were conducted mainly at Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk, Thunderbird Park, and a Landcare property at Ohia Court. Other observations were made at The Knoll and Witches Falls, and at other LandCare properties.
For some preliminary results of the surveys, please click here.
Did you miss the Bioblitz?
We’ve got good news for you! A Bioblitz follow-up is planned for 11-15th March 2018! Due to the bad weather, some activities had to be cancelled and certain species were harder to find, which is why the organisers decided to revisit some of the sites in autumn. If you are interested in joining or learning more about the event, please head to this website.
Photo credits: Wildlife Queensland Scenic Rim