Traditional owners welcome first Victorian BushBlitz

Traditional owners welcome first Victorian BushBlitz

  • By Lynne Sealie
  •  March 29, 2011
  •  Tags:  Blogs & news Citizen science

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A team of 30 scientists worked together with Indigenous rangers, Traditional Owners, non-Indigenous land owners and volunteers in the most comprehensive plant and animal survey yet on the Budj Bim National Heritage Landscape and Indigenous Protected Areas of south-west Victoria. The two-week BushBlitz survey covered about 3000 hectares over six properties, including Lake Condah, Kurtonitj, Allambie, Muldoons, Vaughans, and Tyrendarra. The survey began on Monday 21 March and finished on Friday 1 April. The team found all sorts of unusual and unexpected animals and plants.

Female Mountain Katydid found at Muldoons, Image: Julian Finn, Source: Museum Victoria

Female Mountain Katydid found at Muldoons.
Image: Julian Finn, Source: Museum Victoria

Open woodland at Kurtonitj, one of the properties that comprise the Winda Mara owned and managed areas. Image: Mark Norman, Source: Museum Victoria.

Open woodland at Kurtonitj, one of the properties that comprise the Winda Mara owned and managed areas.
Image: Mark Norman, Source: Museum Victoria.

Dr Mark Norman, Head of Sciences from Museum Victoria, led the team of scientists from Museum Victoria, University of New South Wales, National Herbarium of Victoria and the South Australia Museum. Read more about Victoria’s first BushBlitz survey on Museum Victoria’s website.

View the short video above to see the people involved, the trapping techniques they are using, and some of the animals they are discovering, or read this short article.