Over 7–9 April, Te Papa is helping to host New Zealand’s first symposium dedicated to citizen science – the involvement of the community in scientific research. There are presentations on Monday 9 April, and various practical workshops during the preceding weekend. One of the workshops is a bioblitz of Te Papa’s Bush City – Botany Curator Leon Perrie tells us more.
We’re having a “bioblitz” of Bush City, 1–4 pm Sunday 8 April, to see what insects, birds, fungi, and plants we can find. Tim Park from Wellington City Council, Te Papa’s entomologist Julia Kasper, and myself will be leading the way.
We’ll be using the iNaturalist app to do our recording, and we’ll show you how to use this platform. However, no worries if you’re not into devices – just bring along your senses to help with the searching.
I’m especially excited to discover how many species have moved into Bush City since it was established more than 20 years ago. We know what species were originally planted, and I know of one significant immigrant – giant pig fern. But who else has moved in? As Bush City matures from a garden, how connected has it become to the broader Wellington ecosystem?
More information about the Bush City bioblitz [PDF, 169 KB]
Those not in the Wellington region or able to make it on the day can still be involved by following the link below. Maybe you’ll be able to help us identify what we find.
Other citizen science workshops
The citizen science weekend (Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 April) of free workshops also includes:
- bird monitoring.
- getting data from pest trapping.
- assessing freshwater quality.
- monitoring re-vegetation efforts.
- assessing seashore biodiversity.
Citizen Science talks
The workshops are part of the broader Citizen Science symposium. This includes a day of presentations at Te Papa on Monday 9 April.