Budawang Coast Atlas of Life's Journal

August 09, 2022

Call-out to teachers to prepare for National School BioBlitz in Sept - free workshop on Thu 11 August 3.45-4.45pm

ACSA (citizenscience.org.au) has partnered with Planting Seeds (www.ps.org.au) and are pleased to announce their free workshop this week for primary and high school teachers who would like to learn how their school can participate in the inaugural B&B National School's BioBlitz (ps.org.au/bioblitz-2022) in September.

The B&B BioBlitz citizen science project in September aims to help threatened pollinator and plant species, and supports STEM outcomes. The workshop is this coming Thursday 11 August, 3.45pm - 4.45pm.
Register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeWUeG-RGbXOglYszu6t_hBYNUIxScOXZnoVVlgLEJh7qmx2g/viewform (Recorded workshop available on registration.)

Teachers (primary and high school) are invited to learn about:

  • How schools can participate in the inaugural National Schools B&B BioBlitz in September
  • Citizen science, which enables students to take photographs and contribute their observations to Australian and international biodiversity databases
  • How student citizen science data can help threatened plant and pollinator species
  • How citizen science links to State curriculums and develops STEM skills

The national BioBlitz will involve a lunch-time or recess investigative activity in school grounds in the first week of September – National Biodiversity Month. Students will contribute important data and observations on threatened and local species to iNaturalist and the Atlas of Living Australia.

The workshop will provide numerous links to curriculum plus Dept of Education developed resources. Participants will have opportunities for further research into local plant and animal species.

By participating in the BioBlitz, schools will have the chance to win Optus Smart devices.

The B&B BioBlitz is coordinated by PlantingSeeds Projects and supported by NSW Dept of Education, Australian Citizen Science Association and CSIRO’s Atlas of Living Australia.

Register for the BioBlitz as above or email info@ps.org.au
More information at: www.ps.org.au

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August 06, 2022

Bushfire Resilience Shoalhaven Tour on 16 or 18 August 9.00am-3.30pm Free, lunch included, booking essential

Join OceanWatch in a journey of discovery of the Shoalhaven Catchment and coastal areas through the lens of bushfire recovery and resilience, on this FREE tour. The tour will run two times: 16 and 18 August 2022 - pick the date that most suits you when booking your ticket! Lunch will be provided. Booking link below.
You will learn about:
* an introduction to bushfire management from Rural Fire Services (RFS) experts
* cultural aspects of bushfire resilience by the Jerrinja Tribal Owners
* local environmental recovery projects by Shoalhaven Riverwatch
* the impacts of bushfires to waterways and the ecology of the estuary
* local oyster farming and the impacts of bushfires to this industry.
WHAT: Bushfire resilience tour. Locations visited include Nowra Fire Control Centre, Seven Mile Beach and Greenwell Point. Lunch will be provided, at The Heads Hotel.
WHERE: The meeting point is at the Nowra Fire Control Centre, 92 Albatross Rd, South Nowra NSW 2541.
WHEN: 16 or 18 August 2022. Pick the date that suits you best! The tour content will be the same on each day. 09:00-15:30.
WHO: Anyone is welcome. Please contact us if you have any accessibility requirements and we will do our best to assist you.
WHAT TO BRING: Protective clothes against the weather, your water bottle.
HOW MUCH: $0! The opportunity of a free tour doesn't present itself often so make sure to secure your spot.
BOOK: https://events.humanitix.com/bushfire-resilience-shoalhaven-free-tour?fbclid=IwAR0d3PUFzebfiO2RacYG-YY8OZFKvdjp9DnC0RsjzinNuTtVO2Tt9_6TXys

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August 04, 2022

Sapphire Coast Science Festival (National Science Week) 13-20 August

https://atlasoflife.org.au/2022-national-science-week for details of the following sessions
Saturday 13 Walawaani Muriyira-waraga whale festival LAUNCH Bermagui 10am-3.30pm
Sunday 14 Merimbula estuary ramble at Spencer Park, Merimbula 2.30-4.00pm
Tuesday 16 The Value and Power of Place-based Science (Online) 2.30-4.00pm
Tuesday 16 Build it and help them come - Marine life on Man made structures - Tulips, Stars, Sponges & Squirts (Online) 5pm
Thursday 18 The tawny frogmouth encounter Tathra 11am
Thursday 18 Science in the pub Tathra Hotel 6pm
Friday 19 Australian BioBlitz symposium (Online) 7:30-9pm
Saturday 20 Potoroo Palace Native Animal Sanctuary, night tour, hors d'oevres & dinner ($60pp) 5-8pm

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Drones for Mapping Ecosystems, watch now!

This once-only free webinar, Dr Karen Joyce (Technical Lead of GeoNadir) shows you how to use drones to map your local ecosystems.
As you already know, our precious ecosystems are under threat. Fortunately, technology is advancing to the point where citizen scientists like us can contribute to real solutions.
One of those solutions involves using drones to capture imagery of our local ecosystems.
Through the use of drones and the associated technology, we can contribute to solving the challenging global problems we are all facing.
Learn how here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXY9kqHEUCI

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Art Springs for Wildlife, Berry School of Arts, 29 September - 3 October

The festival Art Springs for Wildlife will be held at Berry School of Arts 29 September to 3 October. It was inspired by and organised by Julie Cunningham, local artist. She was so impressed, as many of us were, by the work of Wildlife Rescue South Coast after the 2019/2020 bushfires that she decided to put action behind her appreciation. She organised this festival of art, music, poetry, workshops for kids as well, wildlife talks and much more only to have to postpone it twice due to pandemic restrictions but Julie has maintained her passion to help support Wildlife Rescue South Coast. https://www.artspringsforwildlife.org/ Julie has created a funky website for you to explore the many offerings. Book in now for workshops. All profits from the exhibition and events go to Wildlife Rescue South Coast.

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August 02, 2022

Australian Bioblitz Symposium with ACSA - online - Fri 19 August 7:30 –9.00pm (updated with booking link)

We have been running BioBlitzes in Australia for over a decade now and it’s great to see them becoming ever more popular. Now is a good time to celebrate the unique events we have been part of and some of the amazing results we have seen. This symposium will focus on the shape of recent BioBlitzes and we will discuss what BioBlitzes can offering future – for community and for science.
Co-hosts: Libby Hepburn and Michelle Neil
Presenters: Michelle Neil & Stephen Fricker, Great Southern BioBlitz creators & leaders; Thomas Mesaglio, iNaturalist app guru; assorted Great Southern Bioblitz contributors, Casey Kirchhoff on post-bushfire bioblitzes plus contributions from the Australian BioBlitz Group
Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/acsa-australian-bioblitz-symposium-tickets-390245022367

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The Value and Power of Place-based Science Tue 16 August 2022 2:30–4:00 pm (online)

Citizen science can move mountains if enough people get involved. This online symposium will explore great global and local examples of powerful place-based citizen science and consider why this is the sweet spot for great science with communities.

When people are interested in studying their own locality, they are likely to do this more carefully and over long periods, because their place matters to them. If science can contribute robust methodologies and data can be FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable), results are likely to be meaningful to all. We can foster interest, understanding and stewardship of “Our Place” with good science.

This symposium invites people working with local Councils (especially BVSC), LLS, Landcare, NPWS, scientists, farmers, landholders and community members wanting to take their interest in nature and our environment to the next level. Discussion will include: What sort of projects are most successful? What is the value for NRMs (Natural Resource Managers)? Can we join up the dots by having common methodologies (e.g. Phenology) that can be replicated across the country?

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/the-value-and-power-of-place-based-science-tickets-390241822797

Presented by Atlas of Life and Sapphire Coast Science Hub with ACSA (Australian Citizen Science Association)

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July 30, 2022

More Tips & Tricks on iNaturalist by guru Thomas Mesaglio

What are all the tips and tricks to getting the most out of iNaturalist?
Well, as Thomas will tell you - use the desktop version!
In this presentation, Thomas goes through some tips and tricks for using the desktop version of iNaturalist and answers some of our participant's burning questions in the Q&A.
About Thomas Mesaglio: Thomas is a self-confessed "iNaturalist addict and curator, avid beachcomber, and professional bioblitzer". Thomas is a foundation member of the GSB's Global Organising Committee, an iNaturalist moderator, and coordinates the Great Southern Bioblitz - Greater Sydney area all while doing his PhD at UNSW. Follow Thomas on Twitter @thomasmesaglio or on iNaturalist as @thebeachcomber
Think you have a good grasp of iNaturalist and want to take it to the next level in this year's Great Southern Bioblitz? This one's for you.
Date of recording: 27th July 2022

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July 29, 2022

Forest and Farmlands: Building Post-fire Biodiversity Sat 3 Sept 9am-1pm Ulladulla Civic Centre - book your tickets

This free community forum is presented by the Saving Our Species and the Milton Ulladulla Forest Recovery project.
Talks about fire recovery include: Post fire research and forest recovery, how indigenous practitioners use fire in the landscape and practical ways you can retain vegetation on your property and still reduce fire risk.
Talks centred around biodiversity recovery include: Control of vertebrate pests, honey bees in forests, retaining tree hollows and developing biodiversity covenants for private lands.
Morning tea provided. Book here

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Surprises in the Regrowth Sat 20 Aug 12-4pm Eurobodalla Gardens - free but book now

An afternoon of talks about the post-fire recovery of plants and animals in the Shoalhaven and Eurobodalla regions.
Speakers from Eurobodalla Council, Batemans Bay Local Aboriginal Land Council, NSW Forestry and University of Wollongong will be joining us. This event coincides with National Science Week.
Supported by Friends of Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden and Budawang Coast Atlas of Life.
This event is funded by the Commonwealth Bushfire Recovery for Wildlife and Habitat Community Grants Program
Venue: Banksia Room, Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens
Afternoon tea provided. Free but tickets are limited, so book now.

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