takayna BioBlitz 2022

Join a passionate community of citizens and scientists at this year’s takayna BioBlitz for a weekend of biological surveying in takayna, northwest Tasmania.

Come and join a passionate community and immerse yourself in majestic temperate forests, buttongrass plains & rivers while recording the biological diversity of these threatened ecosystems.

This data helps highlight the global significance of this profoundly beautiful area and assists our campaign to have takayna protected as a World Heritage listed National Park.

Event Details

What is Bioblitz?

We are heading back into takayna for our eighth annual BioBlitz.

takayna BioBlitz is a festival of science in nature, held in one of the world’s last truly wild places. This event brings together scientists, experts, naturalists and members of the public for a weekend of environmental scientific discovery.

The main goals of BioBlitz 2022 are to survey the biological diversity of the threatened ecosystems of takayna to assist in our campaign to have takayna protected as a World Heritage listed National Park.

This year we will conduct field surveys in the southeast of takayna, sites covering a variety of ecosystems including the button grass moorlands, alpine grasslands, eucalyptus forests, rainforests and rivers.

Our central base camp in Waratah will provide facilities to share discoveries, identify and collate specimens, database entry and a chance to listen to the survey leaders discuss their field of expertise.

Science is a central component of the Bob Brown Foundation campaign for long-lasting and secure protection of takayna, including improving our understanding of the biodiversity of the region.

Where/when is BioBlitz?

BioBlitz headquarters will be at the Waratah Men’s Shed in Waratah Tasmania from the morning of Friday, 11 November to the morning of Sunday, 13 November.

Arrival at base camp in Waratah, on Thursday 10th November is advised if you would like to join the Friday morning surveys.

At the headquarters, we will be hosting breakfast and dinners while lunch packs will be sent out with you into the field and there will be evening talks. A data analysis area will be set up for you to engage with the survey leaders and other participants.

Each day we will travel to our survey sites using minibuses and car-pooling. Some sites have been picked to be inclusive of accessibility, however, all sites require a level of mobility.

Distances to nearby towns:

Waratah to Tullah 48.6km (35min)
Waratah to Burnie 61.8km (47min)
Waratah to Cradle Mountain accommodation 52.5km (40min)

Ticketing

*Up to 17 years

Tickets include participation in various field surveys, camping and full vegan catering.

BioBlitz t-shirts will be available for pre-order when booking your ticket.

Accommodation

Unpowered camping spots are provided free of charge at the Waratah Men’s Shed.

Bring your own tent, vehicle or caravan to sleep in.

Bob Brown Foundation does not provide tents or campervans.

The venue has basic showers and toilets (change rooms).

If you would like your own accommodation, there is limited accommodation available in Waratah.

Volunteering

BioBlitz depends on the knowledge and enthusiasm of the participating experts – scientists, naturalists and enthusiasts alike. If you are a willing expert that would like to volunteer as a survey leader OR you are someone who would like to help fill a general event role please contact us at bioblitz@bobbrown.org.au

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