Thurgoona Bioblitz - Friday 18th & Saturday 19th May 2012
The inaugural 'Thurgoona Bioblitz 2012' took place over two days on Friday 18th May and Saturday 19th May. The event involved 36 wildlife surveys at a number of sites and habitats throughout Thurgoona, focusing on birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates. As a result, over 300 sightings and 100 species have been recorded. The surveys were led by ecologists from Charles Sturt University, Australian National University, Latrobe University, Nature Conservation Trust, Murray Catchment Management Authority, ACT Government, and GHD. The local community turned out in force with 300 people involved over the two days. The Friday event was a 'schools only' event, with participation from Trinity Anglican College, Thurgoona Primary School, Table Top Primary School. Students from Charles Sturt University and National Environment Centre also participated, often volunteering to be survey leader assistants and bus drivers. The Friday evening and Saturday were open to the general public.
The aims of the Thurgoona Bioblitz 2012 were:
- Engage the local community in biodiversity surveys;
- Collect data on local wildlife species;
- Raise community awareness and understanding of local biodiversity:and,
- Bring together the many stakeholders in the region involved in biodiversity conservation, land management, and research