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BioBlitz 2010: Finding Nature in the City


Sat 17 Apr 2010, 10:00am–12:00am
Sun 18 Apr 2010, 5:00am–3:00am

Where: Auckland War Memorial Museum, Domain Dr, Auckland Domain, Parnell, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Auckland Museum

BioBlitz is a scientific race against time. It is educational. And it is heaps of fun!

Saturday 17 April, 10am - midnight
Sunday 18 April, 5am - 3pm

Everyone is welcome to participate. BioBlitz is a free event and is a rare opportunity to meet all sorts of scientists and experience the astonishing array of nature living in our city.

The goal is to count as many species as possible in a 24-hour survey of a large urban area. The emphasis is on recording the total number of species, not naming every creature that has been found. BioBlitz is a unique opportunity for scientists, students and the public to experience the vast array of species (biodiversity) living in an urban reserve. It is rare for so many different types of biologists to be able to work together in the same place, at the same time and on the same project.

• The Searchers
Teams of specialist biologists (botanists, mycologists, entomologists, etc) search around the clock for every possible species they can find. Nocturnal animals, such as some insects and vertebrate pests, are much easier to find during darkness. Most species can be identified in the field.

• Base Camp
“Base camp” will be in the new Atrium of the Auckland Museum, with extra activities in a marquee just outside. Base camp is where identifications and data recording takes place. There are loads of scientists to chat to, microscopes to look down, interesting finds on display, and all of the ‘field trips’ (guided walks) depart from here. On Saturday the Atrium will stay open for visitors until midnight, then re-open again at 5am on Sunday. It is free to visit but allow plenty of time as there is so much to see and do.

All information is to be recorded on our computer databases. The total number of introduced and native species will be tallied at hourly intervals, and announcements made at regular intervals.

The Final Tally
Survey of the study area finishes at 3pm Sunday, having completed 24 hours of active searching time. The countdown to the final tally will start at midday Sunday with the official closing in the Atrium of the Auckland Museum. The final tally will be announced just after 3pm.

No charge, bookings not required. All welcome.

Also on offer are free behind-the-scenes tours of Auckland Museum with our curators! See our website for the full programme.

BioBlitz 2010 is in association with Landcare Research and Auckland Museum.

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