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Tuesday, 22nd July 2014

Bush Blitz Media Release

Media release: Bush Blitz steps up search for Australia's 'hidden' species [PDF 31kb]

The world’s first continent-scale nature discovery project, Bush Blitz, is being ramped up to broaden the search for Australia’s least known plant and animal species.

Bush Blitz has been extended until 2017 thanks to $12 million in funding from the Australian Government and BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities, with each contributing $6 million.



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A Partnership of Discovery

Bush Blitz video

Click to watch a You Tube video showing details on the Bush Blitz program and how it benefits Australia



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Bush Blitz promotional video

BHP promotional video

Click to watch the new BHP Billiton You Tube video showing the discovery of new species in the Kimberley, Australia.



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Bush Blitz Explores the Kimberley’s

Saltwater Crocodile

News Stories

The Australian - Miners come to Kimberley party as science hunts for 'new' life [PNG 2.1mb]

The Guardian - Taxonomist shortage means newly discovered animals are unclassified [PDF 1.6mb]

The West - Innovative trip finds new species

The Australian, 3rd June 2014

Article in The Australian, Page 5, 3rd June 2014.

Blogs

The Kimberley wins some new fans- The Australian experience Bush Blitz first hand.

Welcome to Country- Following traditional customs in the Ungarinyin lands.

Poor Pat- Pat works hard to discover lichen species in the hot terrain.

Teachlive

To find out what 5 different science teachers discovered go to the Bush Blitz Teachlive website.



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Bush Blitz Back in Tasmania

Bush Blitz back in Tassie

Blog updates from Tasmania

The Bush Blitz team is out in the field again - this time in Tasmania’s beautiful central highlands!

Bush Blitz begins - The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery take part

A bountiful Bush Blitz - A huge amount of species discovered!

Bush Blitz back in Tasmania - Collecting in the central highlands

Ice Cream Van Hill - Surveying around the beauty of Icecream Van Hill



‘You can see a lot by looking.’ Yogi Berra (US Baseball legend)

I’ve ventured into the bush in various parts of Australia many times over the years. I’ve always enjoyed the trees, the shrubs and undergrowth, the birds and the occasional reptile and animal that crossed my path. The sound of the wind in the trees or the trickle of a creek completes the scene.

This was the framework that I took into the Bush Blitz that I participated in during February 2014. The setting was the Central Highlands of Tasmania and a group of BHP Billiton employees were joining scientists and other volunteers to investigate this area, under the banner of Bush Blitz.

We spent 10 days exploring, observing and collecting a range of things as we enjoyed the biodiversity of this area. Each day we were assigned to assist with a group focussed on a specific area of the environment we were in. This included observing and collecting spiders, insects, moths, butterflies and snails. We located and collected seed for the Tasmanian Seed Conservation Centre and observed, photographed and collected a range of vascular and non-vascular plants. On one morning we found, collected and documented 38 species of moss and liverwort in one fertile meadow.

Part of the work was collecting scats of the endangered Tasmanian devil and spotted-tail Quoll. The scats provide valuable information on the activity and diet of these carnivores. I didn’t think that a ‘scat-scoop’ could be so interesting and satisfying! Throughout the week my eyes were continually opened to the detail and beauty of all that makes up the Tasmanian highlands. Things that you would easily walk past, – lichen on a branch; an ant-mimicking bug on a tree; a seed-head on a sedge, - all come to life when you stop and look. We were privileged to explore many different areas ranging from marshland surrounding lakes, to woodlands with towering trees, liverwort meadows with gentle trickles of water springing in the hills, sphagnum bogs teaming with life and rain-forest remnants with activity from the canopy to the decaying material on the floor. Wherever we looked, we found. The scientists were generous with their knowledge and sense of wonder with the material before us.

I found exploring, discovering and learning to be energising and fun. The long days in the field marched by quickly as there were always new things to see and more to discover. Bush Blitz has been a great opportunity to explore the Tasmanian Central Highlands and to discover the many layers that make up the biodiversity of our environment. I take home a renewed interest in the bush and an interest and respect for the work that is being done to understand the species that inhabit it and make it the fantastic place that it is.

Andrew Tennent

Andrew is one of eight BHP Billiton volunteers taking part in the Bush Blitz survey in Tasmania’s central highlands. Bush Blitz is an innovative partnership between the Australian Government, BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities and Earthwatch Australia that is helping fill the gaps in our knowledge of biodiversity within Australia’s national system of conservation reserves.

Andrew with the bug net Tassie landscapes Trecking through the bush

Catching species in the beautiful surrounds of Tasmania's central highlands
Photo credit: Andrew Tennent and Bruce Paton


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Wednesday, 23 May 2013

Bush Blitz Media Release

Media release: New species discovered at Henbury Bush Blitz, NT [DOC 212kb]

Scientists believe they have found a new species of bee, scorpion, plant and some spiders—as well as healthy populations of desert fish. A team of 15 scientists and five teachers have spent the last 12 days and nights scouring Henbury Station, near Alice Springs, for new plant and animal species as part of Australia’s largest biodiversity discovery program—Bush Blitz.



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Monday, 13 May 2013

Bush Blitz Media Release

Media release: 17th Bush Blitz—looking for new species at Henbury Station, NT [DOC 210kb]

Scientists and teachers from across Australia will descend on Henbury Station, near Alice Springs today in a nature discovery ‘Bush Blitz’. For the next 12 days, 15 of Australia’s top scientists from museums, herbaria, universities and botanical gardens throughout Australia will camp out on Henbury Station documenting the many plants and animals protected by this huge reserve.



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Channel 7 News Report on Gawler - South Australian Bush Blitz


View the Channel 7's Report on the South Australian Bush Blitz at the Gawler Rangers.


Bush Blitz Graduate Erin Lake reports from Bush Blitz Hiltaba, South Australia!

Erin Lake

Erin Lake

Erin gives us her exciting account of working on the Gawler Rangers Bush Blitz site

I have been lucky enough to be a part of the 16th Bush Blitz expedition to the Gawler Ranges in South Australia, as part of the Graduate program with the Department of Sustainability and Environment (SEWPaC).

The Hiltaba and Gawler Ranges Bush Blitz is the second for the year, and is being run for two weeks in total. My role was to help organise the field logistics, participant contracts and payments, and to assist as a field officer during the expedition. After months of planning and organisation we finally hit the road, and headed 8 hours north-west of Adelaide to a remote former sheep station in the Gawler Ranges!

Hiltaba station

Hiltaba Station is a 77,000 hectare property in South Australia's Arid Zone

The Bush Blitz crew arrived at the station last Sunday, and have been helping the team of scientists settle into the campsite for two whole weeks of intensive survey work.

Luxury accommodation

Luxury accommodation...the Bush Blitz camp and shearer's quarters

While this property has only recently been converted from a sheep station to a conservation reserve, many of the scientists have commented on the exceptional diversity of unique species and habitats that this majestic property contains within. Peter Lang from the SA Herbarium says that the Bluebush plains here at Hiltaba are a real treasure because they are often converted into cropping or grazing land making it difficult to find large areas in such good condition.

Stay tuned for more fascinating finds as the Bush Blitzers leave no stone unturned and no tree unexamined as they search for creature's great and small!

Blue Bush

Expansive Bluebush Plains in good nick


Creatures Great and Small discovered on Bush Blitz Hiltaba

Hiltaba Station's location adjacent to the Gawler Ranges National Park significantly adds to its ecological value, because it provides another jigsaw piece within the East Meets West NatureLinks wildlife corridor.

Greg Johnston, a leading ecologist with the Nature Foundation of South Australia, says that the Hiltaba Bush Blitz provides a unique opportunity to gain a specialised understanding of the species occurring on the property, which will significantly assist in the management of the unique biodiversity of the area.

Greg has been an amazing host, and has been working alongside the scientists daily to assist them in gathering information that can then be used to feed back into the ongoing management of the property in the future. Here he is with vertebrate expert Dave Stemmer from the SA Museum - looking at the three different species of bat which had been collected that morning.

SA Museum staff

Greg Johnston (left) from the Nature Foundation SA and Dave Stemmer (right) from the SA Museum are very happy to be back in the field

Bats

Going batty - Four individuals of three different species in one morning! Not a bad start and really highlights the amount of diversity which occurs in the area - no wonder Greg and Dave have such happy faces!

Mammals are only one part of the Bush Blitz experience however, and John Stanisic will tell you that it is always important to scratch the surface. John is one of Australia's leading land snail experts and is known across the country as the Snail Whisperer. You may have heard of the Steve Irwin snail Crikey steveirwini? Well it was John who named this snail after the late wildlife warrior, and he says that the story of the naming went around the world in 48 hours! That's hot press for the slow moving sluggers!

Steve Irwin's Tree Snail

According to John, Hiltaba station contains a very diverse range of snail species, supporting the full suite of species that occur in the region, and he has already found 10 different species.

While they are not usually recognised as particularly charismatic species, John explains that snails are crucial for local ecosystems and actually have quite interesting ecologies. They predominantly live in sheltered rock piles where there is a long-term stable moisture regime and have a number of strategies to improve their chance of survival. They are able to excrete what is called an 'epiphragm' which is a mucous shield, protecting them in times of drought. Snails are also important indicators of environmental health, and provide play a major role in breaking down organic material in the soil.

Land Snails

10 species of land snails have been found at Hiltaba - representing the full complement of the local fauna


Creepy crawlies are coaxed out of the woodwork at Hiltaba!

One of my less favourite things encountered on my Bush Blitz journey so far has been the spiders! The weather has been particularly good for spider hunting and luckily I had spider expert Barbara Baehr by my side to help me get around my arachnophobia while photographing them! Barbara is an absolute treasure to work with, and came all the way from Germany to study some of Australia's most feared creatures.

Barbara

Barbara is primarily interested in the Lycosidae family which are the wolf spiders, and Opopaeae - the Goblin spiders. She has even named one after Sir David Attenborough and got to present a framed specimen to him earlier this year!

Barbara has spent many hours at Hiltaba sorting though the leaf litter looking for tiny spiders to observe under the microscope. She has also been probing sticks into giant holes in the ground and 'tickling out' enormous trap door spiders. She is able to catch them quite comfortably and refers to them as 'darlings' - most certainly not the description I would give them...

Spider Species

Under the microscope - spiders are Barbara's specialty


Who said that Fishing was bore-ing?

I was fortunate enough to go out for a day in the field collecting groundwater samples from a number of bores at Hiltaba Station, looking for tiny creatures which live in the groundwater. These 'stygofauna' could be tiny worms, molluscs or crustaceans and are usually blind. Stygofauna experts Remko Leijs and Rachel King showed us how to collect the samples and then we took them back to the lab to see if there were any stygofauna swimming around under the microscope.

Fishing for stygofauna

Fishing is not my strongpoint at the best of times - now I have been really put to the test- fishing for creatures that are millimetres in length!

The Hiltaba Bush Blitz has enabled the first stygofauna to be collected from the region, and so far Remko and Rachel have found worms and molluscs, meaning that the groundwater here is still in great condition.

Remko is also one of Australia's top native bee experts, and was kind enough to show me some of the Hiltaba collections under the microscope.

So far, 26 species of native bees have been surveyed at Hiltaba from just one flowering Eucalypt, I had no idea that there were so many different species!

Remko explained that there is still not a great deal known about Australia's native bees and there are not many people in Australia who are studying them. Bees are a difficult subject to study, as you can imagine it is very hard to count the populations. They are collected by sweeping a net over the flowering parts of trees and shrubs

Lego-Man Bee

This native bee (I call him Lego man bee) has been mounted and will be taken back to the SA Museum

Mounted bee specimens

It is tough being a bee sometimes...

There are 1500 species which have been described, however in the last 30 years there has been a lot of revisions and of the 500 that have been revised, around half have been found to be new species.

To revise a species, you need to first obtain the holotype- which is the specimen that was used to first describe a new species. Many of the holotypes are held by international museums such as the British Museum, so obtaining them adds a further level of complexity to an already complex process.

Remko's favourite bee is the Blue Banded Bee as you can see it is very beautiful, and he has dedicated a lot of research into studying the populations. Remko is also looking into how Australia's horticultural industry can utilise these native bees for pollination, rather than relying on importing foreign honey bees.

Blue Banded Bee

Bee-autiful, the Blue Banded Bee collected from Hiltaba Bush Blitz


A botanical paradise of flowers and fruits

I have been lucky enough to go out surveying with the Botanists from the South Australian Herbarium, doing a big loop around Hiltaba station's north eastern corner. Peter Lang from the Herbarium is exceptionally knowledgeable about the local plants, having worked in the SA's successful Biological Survey program - which set out to collect baseline data on the plant communities right across the state.

Peter Lang

Peter Lang presses specimens for the Herbarium

Hugh Cross is a genetic biologist and is also a lichen and moss expert, and today we managed to collect a number of different species of lichen to be examined back in the lab.

Collecting lichen

Hugh collecting lichen from this Western Myall (Acacia papyrocarpa) tree, which is probably around 200 years old

Lichen specimens

These colourful lichen specimens will go back to the lab for further analysis

Hugh and I also went looking for parasitic plant specimens such as Exocarpus and Santalum (Quandong). We collected a small sample from a number of individual trees in an area, and these samples will be taken back to the lab to test their DNA. Hugh and his associated back at the Herbarium are interested in finding out whether neighbouring parasitic trees are 'clones' and have the exact same DNA, or whether there is any genetic variation amongst the populations. Genetic analysis of plants and other tissues is certainly progressing full steam ahead. Hugh says that "Genetic analysis of the soil has allowed us to discover a wealth of hidden diversity beneath the ground". It is a fascinating ecology that we usually just step over.

Juergen Kellermann also accompanied us on our botanical mission across Hiltaba. Originally from Germany, I was astounded by Juergen's knowledge of Australian flora (not to mention his exceptional navigation skills!). He was very excited to find numerous populations of Stenanthemum arens, which is a member of the Rhamnaceae family of plants (the buckthorns).

The (Sten-an-them-um) is an endemic species and has only been found in areas around Hiltaba station. While it may not be much to look at, it is a very important indicator of the health of Hiltaba's arid vegetation communities, showing us that they are able to provide refuge for a unique and diverse range of species.

Reviewing specimens

Juergen gets a closer look at the Stenanthemum arens

Ptilotus flower

One of my personal favourite botanical finds was this Ptilotus (tie-lotus) species, which is similar to the Foxtails that you would plant in your garden. Such beautiful colours and a very delicate flower.

Bush Blitz is a biodiversity discovery program between the Australian Government, BHP Billiton and Earthwatch Australia which aims to document the plants and animals across Australia's National Reserve System.


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Rainfall transformation at Hiltaba

Bush Blitz Blog

Hiltaba shines as the rains come down

The desert can be harsh, hot and unforgiving, and in this climate the ecological currency is water.

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November 2012

Bush Blitz Media Release

Media Release: Bush Blitz explores the Gawler Ranges for new species [PDF 21kb]

Well it's that time of year again - spring has come to the South Australian Gawler Ranges and a Bush Blitz team of 18 scientists, BHP environmental professionals and Earthwatch volunteers will undertake the first comprehensive survey of the 77,000 Nature Foundation of SA property Hiltaba.


Hiltaba view (c) C. Nichols


Fish River Fish Team

The Fish River property has well and truly been living up to its name, with large numbers and a high diversity of freshwater fish species recorded by the Bush Blitz "Fish Team". The scientists from the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, and a ring in, have been using rapid fish survey techniques to assess the various wetlands, springs, streams and rivers.

The focus has been on areas that have not previously been sampled, so while the main large rivers like the Daly and Fish River proper are home to amazing species like Freshwater Sawfish and Freshwater Whipray, the sampling has been targeted at smaller cryptic species like Rainbowfishes, Swamp Eel and Purple-spotted Gudgeon.

So far the species fish tally stands at 23, with more sites to come, and work to be done back in the lab on assessing the status of local species as similar or different to those in other catchments. A variety of other plants and animals have also been documented ranging from bright green water plants, dragonflies to freshwater crabs and river prawns.

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Follow our blog

Bush Blitz Blog

Blog updates from Fish River in the Northern Territory.

Fish River - Bush Blitz reaches new heights in the NT.

Don't forget the snails - The sleeping beauties of Fish River.

Don't be fooled by first appearances - A treasure trove of life on Fish River Station.

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ABC 7.30 Report on Fish River - Northern Territory Bush Blitz


View the ABC 7.30 Report's recent segment on the Northern Territory Bush Blitz at Fish River.


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April 2012

Bush Blitz Media Release

Media Release: Hunting for the Territory's unusual and bizarre at Fish River Station. [PDF 130kb]

The property's extensive range of habitats including long stretches of the Daly River - one of the Territory's few permanent streams - billabongs fringed by savanna woodland and pockets of rainforest rising to spectacular ranges make it a collection haven for biodiversity scientists.

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ABC 7.30 Report on Skullbone Plains - Tasmanian Bush Blitz


View the ABC 7.30 Report's recent segment on the Tasmanian Bush Blitz at Skullbone Plains.


New photos

Lace Monitor Lizard

Photos of the Mallee Bioregion in Victoria are now available.

Visit our new gallery showing the variety of diverse species found in the Victorian Mallee.


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New photos

Desert Flower

Photos of the Goldfields Bioregion in Western Australia are now available.

Visit our new gallery showing the variety of diverse species found on the Goldfields.


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Follow our blog

Bush Blitz Blog

Read Blogs from Skullbone Plains in Tasmania.

Going Botanical - A Skullbone Plains experience in nation's capital.

Skullbone Plains - Worth protecting.

Spider hunting - Find out how you hunt down spiders with only a 4WD.

The serenity - Spend the day with Botanists.

What's out there? - Find out a little more about the newest reserve to be blitzed.

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February 2012

Bush Blitz Media Release

Media Release: What's out there? Looking for creatures on Tasmania's ancient Skullbone Plains. [PDF 241kb]

A team of about 20 Bush Blitz scientists will conduct the most comprehensive biodiversity survey yet of a spectacular 1,650 hectare property in Tasmania's central highlands which has been recently added to Australia's National Reserve System.

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A new discovery!

Black-seeded daisy

New daisy record at Neds Corner Station

Read more about how the Bush Blitz botanical team found a new plant record for Victoria, discovering a black-seed daisy.


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New photos

Jewel spider

Photos of Volcanic Plains Bioregion in Victoria

Visit our new gallery showing the variety of diverse species found on the Volcanic Plains.


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An inside scoop

Kehan and AJ with TRIN

Bushblitz in Ned's Corner (VIC) with TRIN

Gaia Resources test their mobile biological data recording system down at Neds Corner.


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New species possibly found

Dr Lebel with truffles

New species of truffle found at Neds Corner Station

Dr Teresa Lebel may have discovered a new species of truffle - although these sort are not for eating!


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Tiny snails

Pupasnail

Read all about the Pupasnail

Dr John Stanisic, self proclaimed snail whisperer, writes up about the snails found at Neds Corner Station.


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New photos

Forrest's Feather Flower

Photos of Cane River in Western Australia

Visit our new gallery showing the beauties of Cane River reserve in Western Australia.


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Open day at Neds Corner

Bush Blitz Media Release

Open day showcases amazing biodiversity on Neds Corner Station

Read all about what has been found during week two at the blitz at Neds Corner station!

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November 2011

Bush Blitz Media Release

Media Release: Stunning array of species found on Neds Corner Station. [PDF 319kb]

Pobblebonk frogs and puffball mushrooms are just some of the species that are emerging in response to rains in the desert country of northwest Victoria where a team of Bush Blitz scientists are surveying Neds Corner Station in search of new species.

Current Bush Blitz blogs links to Parks Australia can be found here

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Bush Blitz Blog

Read Blogs from Neds Corner Station

Behind the Bush Blitz lens - Want to find out more on how our creatures are photographed?

Blitzing birds at Neds Corner Station - Discover the array of birds found on our newest survey site.

Reptile central - The tally of reptiles is impressive at Neds Corner.

The desert comes alive! - The desert country is awakening after recent rains.

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November 2011

Bush Blitz Media Release

Media Release: Blitzing Neds Corner for new species. [PDF 477kb]

A team of top biodiversity scientists are spending more than 2,000 hours blitzing Neds Corner Station in Victoria's mallee country, surveying the reserve's plants and animals in the hope of finding species that are new to science.

Current Bush Blitz blogs links to Parks Australia can be found here

A video detailing Neds Corner can be found here

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Blitzing the magnificent mallee country

Bush Blitz is about to conduct one of their most intensive blitzes yet on the Trust for Nature conservation property Neds Corner. With more than 20 scientists as well as the BHP participants taking part in this blitz it's estimated that we'll spend some 2,000 hours scouring the reserve for plants and animals from 21 November to 2 December.

Neds Corner Station was purchased by Trust for Nature in 2002 with the assistance of the National Reserve System. Since acquiring the 30,000 hectare property Trust for Nature has transformed this former sheep grazing property into a conservation oasis.

Bush Blitz will bring together a team of scientists from the Museum of Victoria, Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, University of NSW, Queensland Museum and La Trobe University along with BHP participants through the Earthwatch Program, to collect the plants and animals of this iconic property.


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Bush Blitz Credo Station

Bush Blitz Credo Station Expedition Video

Watch the Bush Blitz expedition video footage from Credo Station

A swag of new species including spiders, true bugs and native bees were among the discoveries made when a team of scientists went prospecting at Credo Station in the Western Australian goldfields during September 2011.

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New species of creepy crawlies and fossilised remains found on Credo Station

Bush Blitz Media Release

Media Release: New species of creepy crawlies and fossilised remains found on Credo Station. [PDF 291kb]

New species of creepy crawlies and fossilised remains found on Credo Station (22/9/2011).

Creepy crawlies including pseudoscorpions, trapdoor spiders, true bugs and bees were among the swag of new species discovered during a recent Bush Blitz at Credo Station in the Western Australian goldfields - the first comprehensive biodiversity survey conducted on Credo.

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A day in the life of...

Bush Blitz Blog

Find out what our scientists are getting up to at Credo Station

Day One: Bush Blitz arrives at Credo Station

Day Two: Bush Blitz - pitfall traps and the search for true bugs

Day Three: The magic of Credo

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Read Blogs from Credo Station

Bush Blitzers find fossil remains at Credo Station - Ever wondered what the fossil of a brood bee looks like?

Bush blitzing for creatures that glow in the dark - Discover whats lurking in the shadows at Credo station at night.

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Out Blitzing the Goldfields

Credo Station Bush Blitz

The Bush Blitz team is out and about again, this time blitzing the Western Australian Goldfields. From the 29th of August the Bush Blitz team, scientists and BHP Billiton Volunteers, through the Earthwatch Institute, will be in the field at the Credo Station Reserve located in the Western Australian Goldfields.

Taxa being studied will include small mammals, reptiles, spiders, vascular plants and bryophytes, beetles, bees, stygofauna, wasps, butterflies and moths, land snails, true bugs and dragonflies.

Keep an eye on the website for blogs from the field by Bush Blitz’s newest member Mim Jambrecina.

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Biodiscovery in the Pilbara

Biodiscovery in the Pilbara

The 10th Bush Blitz expedition is now underway in Western Australia’s Pilbara at the Cane River Conservation Park. Follow our blogs to find what our team of 15 scientists are finding out on these red plains.

Read our blog about Cane River here

For a closer view of the area, please click here.

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Blind cave-dwellers

Bush Blitz Media Release

Media Release: Blind cave-dwelling crustaceans found during Bush Blitz at Lake Condah. [PDF 90kb]

Blind cave-dwelling crustaceans found during Bush Blitz at Lake Condah (23/3/2011).

Scientists surveying plants and animals on several Indigenous protected areas near Heywood in south-western Victoria have discovered species that are likely to be new to science as well as populations of species that are threatened elsewhere.

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Follow our progress in Lake Condah!

Bush Blitz Media Release

Lake Condah Bush Blitz blog

Discover what Bush Blitz scientists are up to on their latest field trip. Museum Victoria's blog on Lake Condah in south west Victoria: Museum Victoria's blog

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March 2011

Bush Blitz Media Release

Media Release: Bush Blitz explores ancient volcanic landscape for new species. [PDF 260kb]

Bush Blitz explores ancient volcanic landscape for new species (23/03/2011).

A team of more than 40 scientists, Indigenous rangers and volunteers today begin the most comprehensive plant and animal survey yet on Aboriginal-owned lands in the Budj Bim National Heritage Landscape in south-western Victoria.

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Bush Blitz Bon Bon

ECOS Magazine

Bush Blitz Bon Bon in the news!

Journalists visited the Bush Blitz team at Bon Bon station last year. Check out their stories in ECOS and Voyeur In-Flight magazines.

ECOS (Volume 159, Feb-Mar 2011 edition)

Voyeur (March 2011 edition: flip to pages 39-40 for the Bush Blitz story)


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January 2011

Moth

Photos of Bush Blitz

Check out the photos from the New South Wales, Gawler, and Gawler and Stony Plains Bush Blitz.


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The New South Wales open day

During the recent NSW South Western Slopes Bush Blitz, local residents were given the opportunity to meet Bush Blitz scientists. Personnel from the Lachlan Catchment Management Authority and the NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water were also in attendance to chat to scientists and residents about the reserves and local environmental programs.

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And the winner is...

Pink hand fish

Top Ten New Species competition.

Find out who are the lucky winners in the Top Ten New Species competition.


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August 2010

Queensland

Photos of Bush Blitz

Check out the photos from the Wet Tropics (Queensland) Bush Blitz.


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Bush Blitz Resources

Teachers Booklet

Teacher Resource Booklet

The Bush Blitz teacher resource booklet was produced by the Australian Science Teacher's Association (ASTA), in partnership with the Australian Biological Resource Study to provide background information for teachers on the Bush Blitz program. The booklet also includes supporting activities, projects and investigations for teachers to undertake with students from preschool through to senior secondary levels.

A booklet was sent to every Australian school as part of the 2010 National Science Week school kit but is now available to download.

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The Witchelina Launch

Media Release: Bush Blitz - Witchelina Launch

When Environment Protection Minister Peter Garrett launched a vast new addition to the National Reserve System on the 4th of June, Bush Blitz scientists were on hand to demonstrate some of the survey techniques that will be used there when we visit later this year. The Witchelina Bush Blitz will be the first ever to comprehensively survey this huge property.

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Can you pick Australia's favourite new species?

Sea spider

Media Release: Can you pick Australia's Favourite New Species?

A barnacle that looks like the Sydney Opera House? A pink fish that walks on the sea floor? An outback ant that makes a tubular home from spinifex grass and red soil? These are just some newly discovered Australian species that are part of a new teachers' resource booklet and competition that will this week go to school children around the country.

"Ahead of World Environment Day on Saturday and in the International Year of Biodiversity, we want to get kids excited by the environment around them and the discoveries still taking place today of new plants and animals across our vast continent," Environment Protection Minister Peter Garret said.

More details of the competition can be found here.

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May 2010

Darkwood

Photos of Bush Blitz

Check out the photos from the Western NSW and Tasmanian Bush Blitz.


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View media release

Media Release: Bush Blitz - launch of Australian nature discovery mission

Media Release: Bush Blitz - launch of Australian nature discovery mission

Bush Blitz - launch of Australian nature discovery mission (15/02/2010).


Environment Minister Peter Garrett today launched Bush Blitz - a three year multimillion dollar partnership to document the plants and animals in properties across Australia’s National Reserve System.

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Download factsheet

BushBlitz: Factsheet

BushBlitz: Factsheet. [PDF 1.1mb]

Bush Blitz is the world's first continental scale survey - a three year multimillion dollar partnership to document the plants and animals in hundreds of properties across Australia’s National Reserve System.

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BushBlitz Launch

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