Above Image: Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness.
Tile Image: Michael Dawes.

Citizen Science in Action

You are invited to join our active community and our long term biodiversity project the “Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness” as we work together on a special World Parks Congress-dedicated “bioblitz”. See how community based science can deliver valuable biodiversity data and how citizens can learn and engage with the environment in a most enjoyable way alongside scientists and expert naturalists – all in a place of great natural beauty and biodiversity.

The area for the bioblitz will be the “Sapphire Coast” south of Sydney and in particular Mimosa Rocks National Park. It is a place of great biodiversity (including spotted gums, banksias, cycad forests, and an abundance of birdlife and wildlife) and biodiversity habitats such as beach, rocky shore & headlands, mangroves, coastal lagoons and wetlands, all backed by forested hills. This is also the traditional Country of the Yuin people with many places of indigenous significance.

Learning opportunities

  • Learn how collaborative endeavours allow agencies and community to realise they have a common wealth of natural resource.
  • Field trip participants can see and actively participate in community based science within a national park and surrounds context, together with understanding how initiatives such as a bioblitz can deliver valuable biodiversity data and community engagement.
  • Participants will learn field based scientific observation and recording skills as well as enjoyment of nature.
  • The field trip will give participants the opportunity to use and understand new technology and digital platforms that not only engage citizens in the collection of biodiversity data but also contribute to national and global open access biodiversity informatics initiatives.

Cost

$875.00 per person (twin share* at Myer House within the National Park, only 4 rooms available)
$725 per person (single camping at Myer House grounds (tents, sleeping bags, mattresses and set up provided)

* If you require a twin-share room, please advise who you will be sharing with in the booking form. If you do not know who you are sharing with, Field Trip Leaders will attempt to place you with another participant (same sex). However, if no one is able to share with you, you will be liable for the single room cost (to be invoiced to you separately).

Location(s)

New South Wales.
Mimosa Rocks National Park – Sapphire Coast, Tanja, NSW (approximately 5 hour drive south from Sydney).

Dates

8-10 November (3 days)

Field Trip Leader Contact

Name: Libby Hepburn – Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness
Email: WPCbioblitz2014@gmail.com

Itinerary

To view the itinerary click here.

Want to know more?

Visit Mimosa Rocks National Park website here.

Visit the Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness website here.

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