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Friday 3rd November 2017
Browns River Estuary,

Balmoral Rd, Kingston Beach

Batty Foray

with Lisa Cawthen
8-9pm and 9.15-10.15pm at Meeting Point 2

Join local bat expert Dr Lisa Cawthen in a survey of the micro-bats that call Browns River Estuary home: recording and identifying bat calls as bats emerge from their roosts and start to forage.

Noticing what's above your head

with Peter Vaughan PWS
2.30-3.30pm at Meeting Point 3

What’s going on up there? Have you ever spotted an eagle, a goshawk or a falcon? We have a good chance at Browns River Estuary. Improve your observation skills, discover how to develop your identification skills and to record your observations, and learn all about birds of prey - what they eat, where they live, how they mould their own environment and how we can help them avoid extinction.

Miraculous mosses

with Perpetua Turner
3.45-4.30pm at Meeting Point 6

There's a tiny forest down there! Have you noticed? Moss expert (bryologist) Dr Perpetua Turner introduces us to the hidden world beneath our feet, and helps us learn how to identify the many and varied plants which live in it. (Look even more carefully, and you might get to spot some of the minuscule insects and other animals that live in this forest...).

Plants of all shapes and sizes

with Naomi Lawrence and Jayne Balmer
3-3.45pm at Meeting Point 10

At Browns River Estuary, there’s a wide range of ecosystems for plants to live in, so we should find lots of different kinds of species. With everything from trees to tiny algae, we should be able to make a major contribution to the species list! Take a walk with botanists Naomi Lawrence and Jayne Balmer, and learn how to spot, identify and recognise our local flora. Bring your nose along too - we’ll be using all our senses to identify plants.

Early Learner Naturalists

with Richard Hale, TMAG
2.45-3.30pm at Meeting Point 12

Discover what it’s like to be a naturalist – from identifying tracks and scats, to searching for birds, bugs and more. TMAG’s Richard Hale will share his skills and experience in finding and identifying species.

Fascinating fungi

with Herman Anderson
3-4pm at Meeting Point 13

Avid fungi spotter Herman Anderson says 'Come join me on this exciting BioBlitz for a Fungi hunt at the Browns River Estuary, and see what we can find. In 3 years I've found hundreds of different species around Tasmania! If the weather is kind to us & the conditions are right we should find something of interest and fascinating to photograph.’ Activity for people of any age.

Puzzling plankton

with Andrew Walsh
3.45-4.15pm at Meeting Point 18

What tiny species might be floating in the brackish water of the estuary? Let’s explore plankton - all sorts of microscopic plants and animals. With the help of Andrew Walsh, Chloe Simons and Dr Kerrie Swadling, we'll see what we can find and identify. We might discover anything from single-cell algae to little eggs and baby animals. It’s all good food for bigger animals... including whales!

Creative crustaceans

with Alastair Richardson
4-5pm at Meeting Point 19

The Browns River area includes a wide variety of habitats - from rock pools to mature forest, and we’ve got a good chance of finding some sort of crustacean in any of these. Join crustacean expert Dr Alastair Richardson and let’s see which of these adaptable animals we can find. Slaters? Crabs? Sandhoppers? And did you know that barnacles are crustaceans too? There’s an extraordinary diversity of forms among this group. With Alastair to teach us how to use the guides and keys, let’s see which ones we’re able to identify. A variety of other little animals are bound to turn up in the mix too.

Incredible insects

with Peter McQuillan
4.15-5pm at Meeting Point 16

To get the big species numbers for our BioBlitz, we need to look for insects! Dr Peter McQuillan is expert in finding and - the big challenge - identifying a huge range of insects. This is lucky as we’ll be exploring insects living in lots of different places - the tops of trees, to the undersides of logs and rocks, to living among the reeds by the river. Peter’s team takes small groups of us to look around the site. We'll bring the less familiar insects back to our microscopes and identification keys at Basecamp, where he will show us how to become identification experts ourselves. Let’s see what we can find and identify!

Saltmarsh story seekers

with Janet Smith
4-5pm at Meeting Point 17

Come and be saltmarsh story seekers... Help us look for the plants and animals that live in the saltmarshes at Kingston beach and see if we can find their hidden story - how are they special, where do they live, why do they live there, and how do they fit in to the larger saltmarsh family. Bring your eyes and curiosity and let's have a look....

Wonderful water bears

with John Gibson
4-5pm at Meeting Point 11

There’s a tiny hidden world all around us, and within much of it, if you look closely, you can find tardigrades - also known as water bears. These enchanting microscopic creatures have some extraordinary features - they can even survive being taken into space! Join tardigradologist Dr John Gibson and let’s explore Tasmanian tardigrades. They’re rarely noticed. Who knows what we might find?

Intertidal investigations

with Keith Martin-Smith
5-6pm at Meeting Point 15

Join marine-biologist-turned-high-school-teacher Dr Keith Martin-Smith to help discover the extraordinary variety of life that occupies the beach and rock pool areas where the tide rises and falls. Activity for sure-footed people of any age.

Stall: Gardens for Wildlife

with Iona Mitchell
All day at Basecamp

It’s quite extraordinary how many species we can find just in our own backyard! Some of them may even be threatened. How can we best care for them? Planting local native plant species will help attract a variety of native birds, frogs, lizards, insects and other fascinating wildlife to your garden. Your garden can be a safe haven for wildlife by providing food, shelter, nesting sites and safe area to raise young. By creating or providing a garden in a wildlife-friendly and environment-friendly way you will help to conserve local plants and animals.

Talking bats

with Andy Spate
7-8pm at Meeting Point 10

Andy Spate has been hanging out with bats all over Australia for many years. He will talk about these extraordinary animals’ biology and behaviour, the species we can encounter in Tasmania and how we can support those around us to flourish. Lots of opportunities to ask all your bat-related questions. For adults and children of 11 years old and older.

Twilight bird survey

with Paul Brooks
7.15-8.15pm at Meeting Point 8

As the sun sets on Hobart, join Paul Brooks and his team to see how many birds we can identify going back to their roosts.

Late night owl hoot

with Paul Brooks
9.15-10.15pm at Meeting Point 9

Can we spot a masked owl, southern boobook or tawny frogmouth? Have you ever heard an owlet-nightjar? Come on a night time survey with Paul Brooks and his team, to see if we can identify any owls or other nocturnal birds around the Browns River Estuary.

Moth magic – surveying moths
and other flying insects

with Cathy Byrne
7.30-9pm & 9-10.30pm at Meeting Point 14

Work with TMAG entomologist Dr Cathy Byrne to survey moths and other flying insects across the Browns River Estuary site, and learn about the essential differences between different types of moths

Spotlighting for mammals

with Peter Jarman & Michael Driessen
8-9pm & 9.15-10.15pm at Meeting Point 10

Most Tasmanian mammals - such as possums, wallabies and bandicoots - hide away during the day. So how do we know who’s living in our own backyard - and how could we ever have any idea of whether our rarer mammals are flourishing or declining? Join mammalogists Professor Peter Jarman and Dr Michael Driessen on a nocturnal walk of discovery.

Bats: picking up the buzz
(deploying monitors)

with Andy Spate
8-8.30pm at Meeting Point 10

Join Andy to set bat monitors around the BioBlitz site. Learn about how we identify different species from their calls. Let’s see how many different species we might detect. Suitable for adults and children aged at least 11 years old.

Bats: picking up the buzz
(walk with detectors)

with Andy Spate
8.30-9pm at Meeting Point 10

Walk with Andy and his bat detectors around the BioBlitz site. Learn about how we identify different species from their calls. Let’s see how many different species we might detect. Suitable for adults and children aged at least 8 years old.

Bats: picking up the buzz

with Andy Spate
9.05-9.35pm at Meeting Point 10

Walk with Andy and his bat detectors around the BioBlitz site, and help him remove the bat monitors he placed around the site at the beginning of the evening. Learn about how we identify different species from their calls. Let’s see how many different species we might detect. Suitable for adults and children aged at least 8 years old.

Derwent Estuary Program

with Inger Visby
Friday afternoon at Basecamp

Come and hear about the litte penguins who live out of sight right here in our backyards on the banks of the Derwent. We need to look after them and their habitat!

BBQ

with Kingston Beach Sea Scouts
5-7pm at Basecamp

Stall: Parks & Wildlife Service

with Parks & Wildlife Service
All day at Basecamp

Find out more about some of the species living in the area, including birds of prey - what they eat, where they live, how they mould their own environment and how we can help them avoid extinction.

Saturday 4th November 2017
Browns River Estuary,

Balmoral Rd, Kingston Beach

Dawn bird survey

with Mona Loofs-Samorzewski
6-7am at Meeting Point 13

As the sun rises on Hobart, join Dr Mona Loofs-Samorzewski and her team to listen to the dawn chorus and spot the first birds leaving their roosts. How many birds' calls can we identify?

Biodiversity among the birds

with Mona Loofs-Samorzewski
8-9am at Meeting Point 14

Dr Mona Loofs-Samorzewski really knows her birds. Walk with her and her fellow birders, and help them spot as many birds as possible for the BioBlitz species list. Discover why they love watching birds and learn how you could become an expert yourself.

Breakfast with the birds

with Cat Young
7-8am & 9-10am at Meeting Point 18

Ornithologist Dr Cat Young has studied birds across Australia. Discover the joy of birds and their behaviour with her, and learn to recognise birds both by their appearances and calls. How many species will you add to the BioBlitz list?

Finding fish

with Scott Hardie
12-1pm at Meeting Point 19

Which freshwater fish species live at the BioBlitz site? Scott Hardie of DPIPWE’s Water and Marine Resources Division will demonstrate how biologists survey fish communities in rivers by sampling fish in Browns River… using electricity! Scott will also talk about the biology and conservation of the fish species that live in the river.

Stall: BirdLife Tasmania

with Sue Drake
All day at Basecamp

Get lots of information on Tasmania's birds!

Stall: Parks & Wildlife Service

with Parks & Wildlife Service
All day at Basecamp

Find out more about some of the species living in the area, including birds of prey - what they eat, where they live, how they mould their own environment and how we can help them avoid extinction.

Tasmanian plant survey

with Inger Visby
9.30-10.30am & 12-1pm
& 2.30-3.30pm at Meeting Point 17

Join the Threatened Plants Tasmania Wildcare group on a walk around the Browns River Estuary. We will work on identifying the Tasmanian plants we come across, including any threatened species we can find. It will be a rewarding introduction to the local vegetation.

Puzzling plankton

with Andrew Walsh
11.15-11.45pm & 1.15-1.45pm
at Meeting Point 20

What tiny species might be floating in the brackish water of the estuary? Let’s explore plankton - all sorts of microscopic plants and animals. With the help of Andrew Walsh, Chloe Simons and Dr Kerrie Swadling, we'll see what we can find and identify. We might discover anything from single-cell algae to little eggs and baby animals. It’s all good food for bigger animals... including whales!

Weed hunt

with Scott Corbett
1-2pm at Meeting Point 21

Join Kingborough Council’s Senior Weed Officer Scott Corbett to hunt down the environmental weeds growing in the BioBlitz area. Scott will showcase some of the cool technology the Council is using in state of the art weed mapping and discuss control methods. Did you know that the native raspberry grows here. Learn how to distinguish it from its nasty cousin the Blackberry. Every weed found contributes to the number of life forms discovered by the BioBlitz and assists in land management of the area as well.

BBQ

with Kingston Beach Sea Scouts
9-3pm at Basecamp

Talk: discover who lives at Browns River Estuary!

with Larissa Giddings, PWS
11-11.45am & 2-2.45pm at Central Stage

During the BioBlitz, we hope to discover as many as possible of the species who live at Browns River Estuary. Join Discovery Ranger Riss Giddings to learn more about the huge diversity of life including animals, plants and fungi we might expect, what we’ve found so far, and what it all tells us about this fascinating ecosystem.

The World of Waterbugs

with John Gooderham, Waterbug Net
with NRM South
9.30-11am & 11.30-1pm & 2-3.30pm at Meeting Point 1

Freshwater ecologist John Gooderham introduces us to the joy of waterbugs, and sets us up to learn how to identify the numerous different critters with the help of the resources he's co-authored: 'The Waterbug Book' and the 'Waterbug' app. What we find can also tell us about the environmental condition of our BioBlitz site. (Not suitable for children under 10 years old).

Fascinating fungi

with Herman Anderson
10-11am and 11.30-12.30pm
at Meeting Point 16

Avid fungi spotter Herman Anderson says 'Come join me on this exciting BioBlitz for a Fungi hunt at the Browns River Estuary, and see what we can find. In 3 years I've found hundreds of different species around Tasmania! If the weather is kind to us & the conditions are right we should find something of interest and fascinating to photograph.’ Activity for people of any age.

Fungi fanatics

with Herman Anderson
2-3.30pm at Meeting Point 16

Avid fungi spotter Herman Anderson says 'Come join me on this exciting BioBlitz for a Fungi hunt at the Browns River Estuary, and see what we can find. In 3 years I've found hundreds of different species around Tasmania! If the weather is kind to us & the conditions are right we should find something of interest and fascinating to photograph.’ This activity is for the real fungi fanatics!

Plants - from seed to ancient tree

with Micah Visoiu & James Wood
10-11am at Meeting Point 8

At Browns River Estuary, there’s a wide range of ecosystems for plants to live in, so we should find lots of different sorts of species. With everything from trees to tiny algae, we should be able to make a major contribution to the species list! Ecologists Micah Visoiu and James Wood are experts in plant identification, and also in the science of conserving seeds. Take a walk with them, and learn how to spot, identify and recognise our local flora. Bring your nose along too - we’ll be using all our senses to identify plants.

Plants of all shapes and sizes

with Naomi Lawrence
11-12pm and 2-3pm at Meeting Point 10

At Browns River Estuary, there’s a wide range of ecosystems for plants to live in, so we should find lots of different kinds of species. With everything from trees to tiny algae, we should be able to make a major contribution to the species list! Take a walk with botanist Naomi Lawrence and learn how to spot, identify and recognise our local flora. Bring your nose along too - we’ll be using all our senses to identify plants.

Intertidal investigations

with Keith Martin-Smith
10-11am & 2.30-3.30pm at Meeting Point 15

Join marine-biologist-turned-high-school-teacher Dr Keith Martin-Smith to help discover the extraordinary variety of life that occupies the beach and rock pool areas where the tide rises and falls. Activity for sure-footed people of any age.

Wonderful water bears

with John Gibson
11-12pm and 2-3pm at Meeting Point 11

There’s a tiny hidden world all around us, and within much of it, if you look closely, you can find tardigrades - also known as water bears. These enchanting microscopic creatures have some extraordinary features - they can even survive being taken into space! Join tardigradologist Dr John Gibson and let’s explore Tasmanian tardigrades. They’re rarely noticed. Who knows what we might find?

Batty foray - discoveries from
last night

Lisa Cawthen
11-12.30pm at Meeting Point 2

Catch up with Dr Lisa Cawthen to learn fascinating facts about our local bats. Did she and her survey team discover any flying around Browns River Estuary last night?

Noticing what's above your head

with Peter Vaughan PWS
2-2.45pm at Meeting Point 3

What’s going on up there? Have you ever spotted an eagle, a goshawk or a falcon? We have a good chance at Browns River Estuary. Improve your observation skills, discover how to develop your identification skills and to record your observations, and learn all about birds of prey - what they eat, where they live, how they mould their own environment and how we can help them avoid extinction.

Who's in that hollow?

with Lisa Cawthen
2.30-3.30pm at Meeting Point 4

When trees live for longer than 100 years, they can start to hollow out. Dr Lisa Cawthen has discovered an extraordinary range of animals living inside these hollows. Join her to see what you might find at Browns River Estuary!

Wildlife Monitoring Workshop 2

with Matt Taylor
10.15-11am & 11.15 - 12pm
& 12.15-1pm at Meeting Point 5

In this activity you will learn about wildlife monitoring with the Tasmanian Land Conservancy. Many of Tasmania’s amazing animals are nocturnal, which makes them hard to study. You will help to collect infra-red camera traps set the previous day and see what animals passed during the night! Activity for people of any age.

Climbing to the Canopy

with Andrew Hughes
10.15-11am and 2-2.45am
at Meeting Point 6

In August this year, adventurer/educator Andrew Hughes learnt how to climb & SLEEP in really tall trees around Tasmania! From the safety of the ground, help his team of tree climbers and biologists find out which species make the tops of trees their regular home.

Stall: Gardens for Wildlife

with Iona Mitchell
All day at Basecamp

It’s quite extraordinary how many species we can find just in our own backyard! Some of them may even be threatened. How can we best care for them? Planting local native plant species will help attract a variety of native birds, frogs, lizards, insects and other fascinating wildlife to your garden. Your garden can be a safe haven for wildlife by providing food, shelter, nesting sites and safe area to raise young. By creating or providing a garden in a wildlife-friendly and environment-friendly way you will help to conserve local plants and animals.

Creative crustaceans

with Alastair Richardson
11-12am & 1.30-2.30pm at Meeting Point 10

The Browns River area includes a wide variety of habitats - from rock pools to mature forest, and we’ve got a good chance of finding some sort of crustacean in any of these. Join crustacean expert Dr Alastair Richardson and let’s see which of these adaptable animals we can find. Slaters? Crabs? Sandhoppers? And did you know that barnacles are crustaceans too? There’s an extraordinary diversity of forms among this group. With Alastair to teach us how to use the guides and keys, let’s see which ones we’re able to identify. A variety of other little animals are bound to turn up in the mix too.

Incredible insects

with Peter McQuillan
10.30-11.15pm and 2.30-3.15pm
at Meeting Point 12

To get the big species numbers for our BioBlitz, we need to look for insects! Dr Peter McQuillan is expert in finding and - the big challenge - identifying a huge range of insects. This is lucky as we’ll be exploring insects living in lots of different places - the tops of trees, to the undersides of logs and rocks, to living among the reeds by the river. Peter’s team takes small groups of us to look around the site. We'll bring the less familiar insects back to our microscopes and identification keys at Basecamp, where he will show us how to become identification experts ourselves. Let’s see what we can find and identify!

Mural painting

with Frances Parker
All day at basecamp.

Fran Parker will be painting some of the species we discover during the BioBlitz.