Get up close and personal with our local living species at the 2022 Cooloola BioBlitz.
Photo source www.cooloolacoastcare.org.au – 2021 Cooloola BioBlitz
Planning is continuing for the 2022 Cooloola BioBlitz being held in Rainbow Beach 25, 26 and 27 March.
What is a BioBlitz?
A BioBlitz is an intense period of biological surveying in an attempt to record all the living species within a designated area. Groups of scientists, naturalists and volunteers conduct an intensive field study over a continuous time period.
Rainbow Beach has hosted a BioBlitz for three of the past four years. The event will have expert specialists leading small groups of participants into the field each day.
Artist and host of the Noosa Nature Journal Club Dion Dior will also be in attendance. Learn “Nature Journaling” in the pristing Great Sandy National Park, mentored by Dion Dior and a different scientist in the field each day.
What to expect if you attend BioBlitz:
Field Activities – you will accompany your team leader to various sites. They will be an expert in some but not all species. As a team, you and your fellow “Citizen Scientists” will be guided in the process of finding, identifying, photographing and learning about the various plants, animals, and fungi that you find.
Base Camp Activities – at Base Camp in the hall, there will be friends to be made and reconnected with, and events and facilities for you to access:
- Endless tea, coffee and water filling station
- Packed Brown Bag Lunch collection
- Social events and dinners
- Presentations and workshops by team leaders and guests in the evenings
- Nature inspired artworks and art activities by the Gympie Regional Gallery
- Data entry of the day’s finds and matching photos to specimens to make Research Grade records
- Photo opportunities of specimens, “Eure”a!’ moments and the group in action at HQ
Guided Excursions – early morning and evening guided excursions:
- These are in addition to the “blitz’ field trips
- Guided by team leaders and guests in their areas of specialty
- Usually bird walks in the early morning, night time frogging excursions, and spotlighting walks
- Photo opportunities abound
For more information go to www.cooloolacoastcare.org.au/projects/bioblitz or follow Cooloola BioBlitz Facebook Group.