Enjoy the outdoors and help scientists around the world gain insights into the biodiversity of our region by joining in the Great Southern Bio Blitz next week.
Orange City Council has registered as part of the global campaign, which encourages citizen scientists to take photographs of a range of different species in their local area and log the details in an app.
Mayor Reg Kidd said the Bio Blitz was a perfect start to the school holidays.
“It’s a wonderful activity for people of all ages to join in on,” he said.
“It’s free, it’s educational and it encourages people to spend time in the great outdoors.
“I will make myself personally available to any children wo want to do a Blitz around the Botanic Gardens with me.
“This time of year in Orange is just absolutely perfect so why not enjoy being in nature and help scientists’ research while you’re at it.”
The Great Southern Bio Blitz runs for four days from Friday September 25 to Monday September 28.
Due to expected inclement weather, a public Biodiversity Walk and Talk on Saturday September 26 from 9am to 9.40am, or 10am to 10.40am at the Orange Botanic Gardens, has been cancelled. All other events are going ahead.
Orange City Council’s Environment Sustainability Committee Chair Stephen Nugent said the workshop was designed to help people use the INaturalist app, the official app of the Bio Blitz.
“This is a great opportunity to learn about the local biodiversity,” Cr Nugent said.
“The app is simple to use and freely available for any smart phone, desktop or tablet that allows you to take images and record GPS coordinates and notes on any species you find, it will also help to accurately document the species.
“There are local maps available on Council’s website and Facebook page with walking tracks for people to take as well as a list of the top ten species to look out for.
“We’re interested in finding species such as the Laughing Kookaburra, the Australian Painted Lady butterfly, the Australian Green Mantis and weeds such as Blackberry.
“The Bio Blitz is timed perfectly with the start of the school holidays so why not get the family together and go on a nature hunt.”