Feature Event: Survey the Species – Walpole Wilderness BioBlitz
Survey the species at the Walpole Wilderness BioBlitz (WWBB) and join with volunteers in this popular citizen science project. Last year, this highly rewarding bioblitz event, attracted over 150 citizen scientists and other conservationists.
This year, the focus of the bioblitz is on the secrets of the ancient Tingle Forest in WA’s South West and its associated ecosystems.
The Red Tingle (Eucalyptus jacksonii) is endemic to the south west of Western Australia and is one of the tallest trees found in WA. One specimen, known as the “Giant Tingle Tree” is a tourist attraction in the Walpole-Nornalup National Park. Its base has been hollowed by fire and it is claimed to have the largest girth of any living eucalypt.
A bioblitz is a citizen science project where volunteers from across the community join with local enthusiasts, amateur experts and scientists to survey the species found in an area over a short period of time. The information gathered provides a snapshot in time of the biodiversity of the area and can be used to help improve our understanding and long term management.
The WWBB will comprise a series of surveys conducted by groups of up to 10 individuals. Within each group there will be experienced volunteers/experts who will guide the group as to how best to capture the species in the area.
There will be a mix of activities to cater for differing levels of field experience and fitness. Most activities will include “off trail” walking (through vegetation and on uneven ground) with participants walking from up to 1 km to over 10 km.
This event is coordinated by the Walpole-Nornalup National Park Association (WNNPA), – a group of volunteers who focus on raising the understanding, care and conservation of the Walpole Wilderness Area and is supported by the WA Parks Foundation as part of Spring into Parks.
To register and learn more, click here.