A MAJOR EVENT FOR LINCOLN AND THE ARARIRA/LII CATCHMENT………..
Lincoln BioBlitz – April 2017 A free event for families
An exciting event in Lincoln, coordinated by Lincoln Envirotown and supported by Living Water and others. A BioBlitz is a biodiversity hunt over a short, defined period and within a defined area. It is a celebration of the diversity of life and it helps people understand and appreciate local biodiversity, and measure the health of their local environment.
Ruud Kleinpaste with one of his friends – a sheetweb spider
On Friday April 7th at 3.15pm Lincoln Envirotown’s 24 hour Bioblitz was event opened by Ruud Kleinpaste, the well-known “Bugman”, marking the start of an exciting 24 hours of exploration and discovery. During this time teams of scientists accompanied members of the public of all ages in determining the many species and life forms that can be found in and along the section of the Liffey Stream that passes through Lincoln.
At the “Base Camp” there were lots of displays, microscopes, and computers and everyone had the chance to go on walks with experts in different fields to actually find and identify the myriad of life forms that are to be found along this section of river and its surrounds. This means that the families who attended were actually “doing” the science and collecting the information that will be used in the research. The app “Nature Watch” was used to record discoveries – there is a special project page for the event which records findings.
There were Bird Walks, Lizard Walks, Mammal Walks, Spider Walks, Electric Fishing and Netting Invertebrates – some activities happened at night as well as in the day.