A celebration of Citizen Science to find and identify as many plants, animals and other organisms as possible.
The IUCN World Parks Congress is only a few weeks away and there are many ways you can be involved. The IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 is a landmark global forum on protected areas. The Congress will share knowledge and innovation, setting the agenda for protected areas conservation for the decade to come. Building on the theme "Parks, people, planet: inspiring solutions", it will present, discuss and create original approaches for conservation and development, helping to address the gap in the conservation and sustainable development agenda.
A key community event on Sunday 16 November is PlanetFest, a day celebrating the environment and sustainability. There is something of all ages including:
The Australian Museum is participating in the BioBlitz at Basecamp and running surveys. The BioBlitz is a celebration of science working with the community to create a species audit of the Sydney Olympic Park site. This citizen science event will involve school children, congress participants, scientists, naturalists and community members to create a snapshot of urban biodiversity in the area.
Citizen scientists will work together to find and identify as many species of plants, animals and other organisms as possible. Participants will have the option of participating in expert-led surveys (such as bird or insect tours) or going solo and using a smartphone app to assist in collecting sightings. Although the survey will run throughout the day participants can choose to be involved for as little or as long as they like.
Participants joining this event will have the opportunity to:
The BioBlitz will be held on the 16th November during the World Parks Congress Public Festival 'Planetfest' at Cathy Freeman Park