At the Miranda Shorebird Centre on 28th February a whole lot of people got together with nets and buckets and plastic bags and what-not, and, over the course of a day, tried to see how many living species they could find. This BIOBLITZ has to date resulted in approximately (it keeps going up) 1115 different species being identified. This includes everything living in the area ~ plant, animal, bird, insect, spider, lichen, fungi, diatom, plankton, bacteria, etc. If there had not been a severe drought in the area at the time, the total might have been even higher.
Here's ecologist David Riddell with a flock of homeschoolers looking in the stilt ponds.
It's been an amazingly massive undertaking involving thousands of man-hours before, during and after the day itself.
I drew a diagrammatic map of the Taramarie/Miranda area so that species could be located and cross-linked to create an energy web. Here it is mid-morning. You can see the coloured bits of paper. Each is a species identified and located. Each colour indicated a 'type' of creature.
|Key to colours of the Miranda BioBlitz Energy web.|
I think Phlegm has summed The BioBlitz up beautifully in his drawing 'All Things That Lived:*
The much more modest contribution of the Artist-in-Residence-at-the-BioBlitz consisted of the map, a watercolour of Karo (Pittosporum crassifolium) and some sketches of a katydid that was slowed down enough to paint by a brief, harmless spell in the freezer.
2 species down, only 1113 to go...
*Phlegm wasn't actually at the BioBlitz, but he could have been.