Race against time for protection as takayna Bioblitz counts 290 species

The 9th annual takayna Bioblitz event has seen over 250 scientists and volunteers spend three days conducting field surveys across takayna. The annual event run by Bob Brown Foundation brings scientists together with a team of citizens to conduct surveys in multiple locations across forest, buttongrass plains and aquatic ecosystems.

“The takayna Bioblitz event is one of our flagship events and is vitally important in building the knowledge base of what species call takayna home, and where we find them. This year we have documented 1205 observations of 290 species of across nine field sites,” said Bob brown Foundation takayna Campaigner Scott Jordan.

Our takayna BioBlitz hosts experts and the wider public working together, within three days of surveys, to find and identify in the area as many species of plants, animals and fungi as possible.

“We have carried out a biological inventory including a large range of mosses, orchids and herbaceous plants, as well as birds, frogs and mammals that reconfirms the incredible biodiversity of one of the last wild places on Earth. Our BioBlitz reaffirms the case for takayna’s secure protection as a National Park and World Heritage Area,” Scott Jordan said.

“With takayna facing threats from new mining, logging and a massive toxic tailings dam, we need all the information we can muster. Over the last nine years, we have seen thousands of human-hours contributed to the BioBlitz events, with all of the new information being uploaded into the Natural Values Atlas to assist ongoing public research into the species and landscapes. We are very proud of the contribution our BioBlitz gives to the scientific evidence that takayna is in need of urgent conservation,” Scott Jordan said.

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