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It’s all over now but what a great BioBlitz!

 The  final tallies are:  

  • Bacteria  (not counted this time)
  • Beetles = 51
  • Birds = 29
  • Bugs (Hemiptera) = 26
  • Conifers (trees) = 8
  • Earthworms = 5
  • Ferns and fern allies = 44
  • Fish = 3
  • Flies = 76
  • Flowering dicot plants = 222
  • Flowering monocot plants = 80
  • Freshwater algae = 29
  • Freshwater invertebrates = 57
  • Fungi (except lichens) = 233  – a fairly spectacular haul – the good dose of rain just prior – with the warmth afterwards no doubt helped.
  • Lichens = 60
  • Lizards and frogs = 1
  • Mammals = 3
  • Molluscs (land snails) = 8
  • Mosses, liverworts and hornworts = 35
  • Moths /butterflies = 27
  • Nematodes = 20
  • Spiders, mites and other arachnids 8= 4
  • Wasps, bees and ants = 125
  • Weta and other invertebrates = 23
  • Zooplankton/ protozoa = 2
  • GRAND TOTAL = 1251 SPECIES!!

(The Botanic Gardens database has nearly 7000 plant species & cultivars but we did not count them as they have been planted)

The total will probably be revised once the scientists have had a chance to take a closer look at some of their finds.

We had great weather on both days and, although it got very hot inside the huge base camp marquee during the afternoons, the temperatures were cool in the early morning & after dark. But that did not deter all the families that turned up for the spider walk (we saw some huge sheet web spiders and the glow of glow worms) and light-trapping moths.

Lots of school groups visited and it was great to see them all so enthusiastic and so well-behaved. Well done to all the kids, and the people who organised their visits.  And great to see so many enthusiastic families … hopefully lots of budding young biologists out there who will come to the next BioBlitz in two years time.

We’ll be back with more updates and photos soon … in the mean-time, we’ve lots of gear to unpack and tidy away, sleep to catch up on, and reports to write about what was found.  You can see the latest BioBlitz video on YouTube:

Getting ready for BioBlitz

BioBlitz on TVNZ’s Good Morning Programme

Want a taste of what’s happening at BioBlitz 2012?  Take a look at TVNZ’s Good Morning Programme on Creepy Crawlies.

Peter Buchanan and Grace Hall talk to Jeanette, while young Charlotte and Fraser have a live stick insect and a live weta on their faces throughout the interview … and they manage not to sneeze or giggle despite all the insect tickles!

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BioBlitz 2012

It’s fascinating, fun, free, family-friendly event.

When?

Friday 30th March 9 am – 11 pm

Saturday 31st March 7 am – 5 pm.

Where?

Auckland Botanic Gardens, Manurewa. The search area will include the adjoining Totara Park.

You can reach the BioBlitz base camp in two ways: 1) park down by the Botanic Gardens visitor centre and walk across (follow the signs), or 2) park on Everglade Drive via Manakau / Redoubt Road motorway off-ramp, and walk in through the northern entrance to the Gardens (this is closest but the gate will be closed to cars).

Who can come?

All welcome! However, please keep the following in mind:

  • ‘Walk & talk’: If you intend going on a ‘walk & talk’ with a scientist, please wear sensible shoes and clothes.
  • After dark: If you are coming on one of the ‘after dark’ excursions, please wear sensible warm clothes and bring a torch (families should bring several torches if possible).
  • Specialist scientific equipment is loaned especially for the event. This equipment is very expensive and should be treated with care and respect at all times.
  • Young children should be supervised by an adult but free to have some fun.
  • Dogs should be on leads and supervised by an adult.
  • The Botanic Gardens and all that lives there must be treated with care and consideration.

BioBlitz 2010 is on this weekend in Auckland

 

BioBlitz - finding nature in the city

Date:   17th – 18th April

Times:  Saturday 10 am – midnight;   Sunday 5 am – 3 pm

BioBlitz 2010 will be in the Auckland Domain with ‘base camp’ in the Atrium of the Auckland Museum and a marquee immediately outside. 

The Atrium will stay open late and open again early in the morning … especially for BioBlitz.   WooHooo!  It’s going to be fun for EVERYONE!!

Official opening with Hon Dr Wayne Mapp is at 10am on Saturday in the Atrium.

BioBlitz 2010 — finding nature in the city — celebrating the biodiversity in a healthy urban park for International Year of Biodiversity.  

Teams of scientists will be combing the Auckland Domain for 24 hours to count everything that grows crawls, hides, lurks, hops, flies or swims!  The goal is find as many species as possible and engage the public in the process.   We expect to find more than 1500 species, some desirable and some less so but with plenty of surprises either way.

 “Base camp” will be in the Museum Atrium, open until midnight.  Base camp is the hub of activity where identifications are made, species tallied, and public get to look down microscopes, chat with scientists, and ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ over the beautiful, the curious and the downright thrillingly ugly.


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