Photographer Mark Coote recently went to Tolaga Bay,55 km north of Gisborne, to document the Uawanui Bioblitz. He shares with us today…
I had the very good fortune to photograph a BioBlitz in Tolaga Bay for The Allan Wilson Centre, a national network of over 100 researchers committed to securing the future of New Zealand’s biodiversity and improving human and environmental health through local engagement.
A BioBlitz is a 24-hour event in which teams of scientists, families, students, teachers, and other community members work together to find and identify as many species of plants, animals, microbes, fungi, and other organisms as possible.
We were hosted by Tolaga Bay Area School and set up ‘basecamp’ in their gymnasium.
The entire school joined in.
Data is still being collated, but the final total will be well over 500 different species.
This post is from Mark Coote’s blog. See more images from the event here.
Thanks Mark for letting us share your story (and gorgeous photos) on the Conservation Blog.
Wow! Great photos!! 🙂 What a neat idea to get the next generation into biodivesity & the science of identification & naming species!