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Sat, 27/02/2016, 9:00 AM – Sun, 28/02/2016, 9:00 AM NZDT
The purpose of the bioblitz, which is being run in conjunction with Friends of the Maitai, is to discover and document what lives in the sanctuary. Scientists and professionals will join members of the public in the blitz, which kicks off 9am Saturday 27th February.
We will monitor five areas, covering the forest floor, canopy and the Brook Stream.
If you want to participate please download the free mobile app called ‘iNaturalist’ on your smartphones or tablets. The app allows people to record observations with photos and GPS locations and share them with a network of scientists and experts.
The app is the thing that will save a lot of time, as we can record everything, and It will help us collate and catalogue all the observations and gives us a really good overview of what’s there.
We are hoping to get schools on board too, with a programme called ‘My school, My Sanctuary,’ a mini bioblitz that anybody can be involved in.
It’s really important just to take notice of the natural world that’s all around us and getting the kids outside in nature to observe
We would like the public to attend during daylight hours only, and the late night observations will be left to the professionals. We recommend you come armed with your smart phone or tablet, sensible footwear, food, drink, warm clothing, insect repellent, and equipment such as magnifying glasses, binoculars and plastic jars.
The bioblitz will be held at the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary on Saturday 27 February, starting at 9am from the visitors centre. It will continue for 24 hours, ending 28 February at 9am. Experience is not necessary – just register show up during the day and spend some time collecting observations.
The iNaturalist mobile app can be found on the App store or Google Play .