Morialta mini-blitz

8 April 2018

Following the success of the 2015 Discovery Circle BioBlitz, a follow up BioBlitz in Morialta is well overdue.

With funding from 'Amongst It', we are able to hold a mini BioBlitz in 2018 - but with a slightly different twist. In addition to our regular survey activities, for the first time, we will be facilitating a diverse range of nature connection experiences to celebrate the many and varied ways we can connect with the natural world, including...

Look through the list of sessions and register for the ones you would like to attend (making sure the sessions don't overlap). On the day, please make sure you arrive at least 10-minutes before your first activity, to sign-in. Registration will be at the Morialta Resource Centre. Book your sessions on Eventbrite now!

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Insect Surveys

Join University of Adelaide PhD candidate Erinn Fagan-Jeffries on an exploration and discover of the different insects which can be found in Morialta Conservation Park. Learn about the different types of trap methods which are utilised and have the opportunity to get a closer look at the small creatures which live in the park and are a valuable food source for many other critters. Children under 16 should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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Mandala Making

The practice of using found items in nature to create art is an ancient practice and a wonderful way to interact with nature, as well as leaving a mark of temporary beauty. The intentional act of making mandalas (or 'circle' in Sanskrit) with natural materials provides the opportunity to explore our individual wholeness and make something with personal meaning. There is great freedom in this activity: there are no boundaries to the canvas, nor shortage of materials, nor rules to bind the creator. This is the work of the individual in partnership with the Earth. The creation of nature mandalas is a fun and creative way for people to explore and strengthen the bond between themselves and the natural world. Everyone is welcome, although the activity is ideal for people over the age of 8 and takes about 30 minutes. Children under 16 should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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Frog Survey

Leave no stone unturned, listen out for calls on a daytime search for amphibians with Steve Walker, local frog expert from NRM Eduction.

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Forest Bathing 'taster'

Usually a full forest bathing session would take 2.5 - 3 hours, so we are offering you the opportunity to do a short 'taster' session at this event. Forest bathing (or shinrin yoku in Japanese), is a wellbeing practice combining elements of mindfulness, psychology, social connection, and sensory immersion. It is very low impact, not strenuous hiking. With a focus on slowing down and awakening the senses, this experience involves a series of guided invitations to help relax, become present and make contact with nature. The experience invites room for listening and reflection, for quiet and accepting presence, and for inquiry through all the senses, in a non-judgmental setting. Ideal for everyone over 12 years old, and takes 45 minutes. Children under 16 should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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Recording and identifying wildlife in your backyard

Join Philip Roetman from the University of South Australia's Discovery Circle to learn about websites and phone apps where you can record wildlife seen in your backyard (or local park) and have it identified.

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Introduction to a Tree

Become friends with a tree! We invite you to introduce yourself to one particular tree and spend time getting to know it better. Use all your senses: How does the bark feel? Does it have a distinctive smell? Are there peculiar shaped branches or roots that you can identify with your hands or feet if you close your eyes? What sounds do you notice the tree making? Imagine the tree is communicating with you. What conversation might you have with this tree? What's it like to breathe together with this tree? Becoming familiar with just one tree can be a beautiful experience of exploration, sensation and connection. Who knows, you might come back regularly to check in on your new friend.

Ideal for everyone over 10 years old and takes about 30 minutes. Children under 16 should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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Echidna CSI

EchidnaCSI is a citizen science project aimed at understanding more about our beloved echidnas through the public's help.

We want to learn more about echidnas! Where they are, what they are doing, if they are healthy- so we can work towards their conservation. How can you help? By taking photos and collecting scats (i.e. poo).

Visit our website for more information

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Water Bugs Survey

Come to the Resource Centre to learn more about the creatures which live in 4th Creek. Are there fish? Are the frogs? What else lives there? NRM Educator Steve Walker will have some fascinating water samples for you to explore. No need to book, the set up will be available all afternoon. Just drop in when you get the chance!

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nature mandala

common eastern froglet

Results

See the results of the BioBlitz on our Bower Bird project page.

Acknowledgements

This event is supported by funding from Amongst It. Amongst It is an SA-grown program that aims to elevate and celebrate the growing movement for nature connection in South Australia. Visit www.amongstSA.org.au for more information.

It has also been made possible thanks to the support of Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges, the University of South Australia Discovery Circle and CSI Echidna.


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Page updated 25 March 2018.