Marissah Kruger, Conservation Officer with Katanning DPaW was co-organiser in bringing the BioBlitz to Tarin Rock through assisting as a partner with the successful application that was lodged by the Dumbleyung Landcare Office and also assisting with most of the preparation of the field work and license agreements leading up to the event.
This annual BioBlitz is organised and promoted by the Wheatbelt Natural Resource Management Office in Northam and Leigh Whisson, Regional Landcare Facilitator coordinates a very effective team of helpers including expertise to lead volunteers in flora, fauna, invertebrates, bird and marsupial surveys over the two days.
The intermittent rain and windy conditions endured by the volunteers continued as they carried out their bush surveys.
Many species of reptiles seen have not been recorded in Tarin Rock for 45 years and in just one 3 hour session, over 60 different species of invertebrate species were found, where historically only 36 species of invertebrates were known from the area. Many different bird species were seen and the magnificent display of wildflowers were enjoyed by all.
Elliot traps were set to capture any small marsupials, however the inclement weather may have deterred the movement into the traps and no captures were recorded over the weekend. There was fresh evidence of Western Mouse, bush rat, possums and one of the groups closely examined an echidna. Motion sensor cameras have also captured images of several different species inhabiting the two reserves.
The BioBlitz carried out in the Tarin Rock Reserves have further contributed to the biodiversity known from the area and the concept of updating these conservation records is firstly for the benefit of the local Community, as an aid for planning future local conservation programs and for consideration by the National and States Environmental Bodies as part of their record keeping and data base upkeep.
This project was supported by Wheatbelt NRM through funding from the National Landcare Programme.
Thanks to C.Hadlow for supplying this article.