Great Southern Bioblitz 2021 - Maroondah's Journal

October 20, 2021

Just over 1 day to go!

Hello all!

Thanks for joining our project and if you haven’t, please feel free to join :)
We've got some beautiful spring weather currently and over the next few days. So, I'd like to share again some of the wonderful biodiversity that has been captured across Maroondah in the past week!
Currently we are sitting on 5,672 observations for "Nature in Maroondah", I wonder if we can hit over 6000 by Monday the 25th with the help of the Great Southern BioBlitz? That would be excellent.

If you have any friends of family around Maroondah, please share the messaging about the BioBlitz. It's such a valuable citizen science event and incredibly enjoyable if I say so myself.

Here's some great observations from Maroondah!
Thanks to @awmccutcheon, @iandb, @elhar4, @timothy162 , @seedygirl, @zest4life, @widebrownland, @markiemark , @suz1966 and @bbdown


Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo in Croydon by @awmccutcheon

Salmon Sun-Orchid in Heathmont by @iandb

Pied Currawong in Heathmont by @elhar4

Fungus in Bayswater North by @timothy162

Australian King Parrot in Appletree Hill Reserve by @seedygirl

Fungus in Bayswater North by @zest4life

Spider species in Maroondah area by @widebrownland * this needs identifcation so help if you can!*

Tawny Frogmouth in Woodland Park, Croydon South by @suz1966


Grass Triggerplant in Ringwood by @markiemark

Pied Currawong in Dandenong Creek trail by @bbdown

Posted on October 20, 2021 02:18 AM by eryn18 eryn18 | 0 comments | Leave a comment

October 14, 2021

7 days till the start of the BioBlitz!

Hey everyone,

Hope you've been able to enjoy some of the lovely springtime weather.
With 7 days to go before the Great Southern BioBlitz with Maroondah City Council, I thought it would be a great time to showcase some of the amazing biodivesity found across Maroondah currently, there are just under 300 observers in Maroondah City Council and over 600 iNaturalists that help identify local observations, which is fantastic.

So please feel free to keep making observations and helping others identify their observations, all in the name of science of course. Here are some of the people who are making great observations around Maroondah @mandapanda87 @suz1966 @scoutsvictoria @rjennion @anthonybigelow @jody_lawson @bushbandit @widebrownland @willharper @bloogs


Twining Fringe-Lily at Hochkins Ridge Flora Reserve by @mandapanda87

Pied Currawong at Woodland Park by @suz1966

Kangaroo Apple in Ringwood by @scoutsvictoria

Tawny Frogmouth in Gracedale Park by @rjennion

Milkmaids in Terreddan Drive @anthonybigelow

Crimson Rosella in Mullum Mullum reserve by @jody_lawson

Spotted Sun-Orchid Maroondah area by @bushbandit

Yellow Admiral in Maroondah area by @widebrownland

Waxlip Orchid Maroondah area by @willharper

Chocolate Lily at Croydon North by @bloogs

Posted on October 14, 2021 03:47 AM by eryn18 eryn18 | 2 comments | Leave a comment

September 08, 2021

Ready to get involved in the Great Southern BioBlitz?

Hi all,
Welcome to the Great Southern BioBlitz 2021 with Maroondah City Council.
Following on from the success of the City Nature Challenge 2021 where Maroondah logged:
• 2,652 observations
• 570 species
• 80 observers
• 185 identifiers
We would like to build on previous efforts and reach a greater number of observations, species, observers and indentifiers! Please feel welcome to join us for the GSB 2021 and build on our CNC 2021 results!

Just like the City Nature Challenge the Great Southern BioBlitz event will focus on collecting three sets of information, the iNaturalist platform will compile statistics on:

• the numbers of different species observed
• the number of observations, and
• the number of observers

Some more information on the Great Southern BioBlitz: https://greatsouthernbiobl.wixsite.com/website
Keep an eye on the Maroondah Council website for event information!
https://www.maroondah.vic.gov.au/Explore/Whats-on-in-Maroondah/The-Great-Southern-BioBlitz-2021

Maroondah is planning to hold several “Nature Discovery Activities”, hosted at local reserves during the BioBlitz period (22nd-25th October), led by people with local expertise and/or knowledge.
The nature discovery activities will showcase selected reserves across Maroondah, the nature they support, and encourage you to log your nature observations on iNaturalist as you go.

You do not have to be at a registered activity to participate, observations made over the 22nd to the 25th of October will directly contribute to GSB event data. The activities are there to encourage community involvement and develop awareness of the wonderful biodiversity found in Maroondah.

Keep observing and logging observations in the meantime in the name of citizen science and all data collected in Maroondah can be found here: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/nature-in-maroondah?tab=observations

Posted on September 08, 2021 01:44 AM by eryn18 eryn18 | 0 comments | Leave a comment

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