Oaklands Wetland BioBlitz (2017)

Our second BioBlitz at Oaklands Wetland was held on October 28th, 2017.  The wetland and surrounding park provide habitat for a diversity of wildlife. The site also has many recreational facilities and the wetlands clean urban stormwater which is then used to water local parks.

We were welcomed to the site by Kaurna woman Katrina Power. Mayor Kris Hanna (City of Marion) also joined us at the event, sharing his enthusiasm for the Oaklands Wetland site and the local community. Over 380 people participated in the 2017 Oaklands Wetland BioBlitz. The public participated in biological survey activities, including:

  • Wildlife walks– recording and learning about wetland wildlife
  • Birds searches – surveys for local birdlife
  • Frog searches – searching for frogs by day and night.
  • Waterbug searches – discoverying some of the smallest animals that call the wetland home
  • Reptile searches – looking for reptiles in every crevice
  • Wetland plants and weeds – learning about the wetland vegetation
  • Spotlighting – surveys under the stars for nocturnal life
  • Bats – recording their echolocation with an AnaBat device

We also held Nature Art sessions, kids sessions, presentations about the Moon (Joe Grida from the Astronomical Society of SA), Orchids (Rosalie Lawrence from the Native Orchid Society of SA), and spiders (Philip Roetman from the Discovery Circle) and wildlife displays by Animals Anonymous and Bugs n Slugs. The Friends of Sturt River Landcare provided a barbeque lunch.

What did we find?

Our team of scientists and naturalists recorded 1431 observations during the event, finding 86 different species.

We observed some species that are considered Threatened in South Australia, including Australian Brushtail Possums (Trichosurus vulpecula), Grey-Headed Flying-Foxes (Pteropus poliocephalus) and Blue-Billed Ducks (Oxyura australis). We were also pleased to record two species of frogs and four species of microbats at Oaklands Wetland.

A summary of our observations:

Class Number of Species Number of Observations
Birds 33 630
Mammals 6 10
Reptiles 1 2
Fish 2 237
Amphibians 2 3
Invertebrates 23 287
Plants 19 262

Download the full species list for more information (click here: 428KB PDF file).

You can also review and download the data from our 2017 BioBlitz events (St Kilda and Oaklands Wetland) on BioCollect (click here).

Questions?

You can contact us via email: discoverycircle@unisa.edu.au or by phone: 08 8302 9999

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This BioBlitz event was supported by…

University of South Australia City of Marion Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources
Natural Resources Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges Nature Conservation Society of South Australia

Session Schedule

Below is a schedule of the sessions held during the BioBlitz:

Start Time  Finish Time Description
MORNING: Saturday October 28th, 2017
9.00 9.45 Bird Search: Learn the sights and sounds of urban birds on a survey with Ali Ben Kahn from Nature Conservation Society of SA.
9.00 9.45 Fish Search: Discover the native and introduced fish in Oaklands Wetland with David Schmarr from SARDI Aquatic Sciences.
9.30 10.15 Wildlife Walk: Search for frogs, reptiles, birds and “tracks and traces” with Adrian Sherriff from Animals Anonymous.
10.00 11.00 Kids session 1: Keep the kids occupied with a rotating program that sees them meet native wildlife with Animals Anonymous, learn about invertebrates with Bugs N Slugs, and get into Citizen Science from Dr Phil. Parental supervision is required – please register an adult to accompany the kids.
10.00 10.45 Bird Search: Learn the sights and sounds of urban birds on a survey with Ali Ben Kahn from Nature Conservation Society of SA.
10.15 11.00 Nature Walk: Discover the flora and fauna of Oaklands Wetland with Nick Crouch from TAFE SA and The Tennyson Dunes Group.
10.30 11.15 History of Oaklands Wetland: Join expert historian David Jarman to learn more about the history of Oaklands Wetland, the story of the scarred River Red Gums, and the mansion that once stood on the site.
10.45 11.30 Nature Art: Unleash your creativity, learning sketching tricks and techniques with nature artist James Parker.
11.00 11.45 Wetland Plants: Join Paul Green from Green Environmental Consultants on a child-friendly, multi-sensory exploration of the habits of the aquatic plants growing in the wetland.
11.00 11.45 Waterbug Search: Collect waterbugs from Oaklands Wetland and learn to identify them with Doug Green from the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources.
11.00 12.00 Kids session 2: Keep the kids occupied with a rotating program that sees them meet native wildlife with Animals Anonymous, learn about invertebrates with Bugs N Slugs, and get into Citizen Science from Dr Phil. Parental supervision is required – please register an adult to accompany the kids.
11.15 12.00 Nature Walk: Discover the flora and fauna of Oaklands Wetland with Nick Crouch from TAFE SA and The Tennyson Dunes Group.
11.15 12.00 Reptile Search: Look for lizards and learn about reptile life with Peter Matejcic from the SA Herpetology Group and the Field Naturalists’ Society.
AFTERNOON: Saturday October 28th, 2017
12.00 12.15 Welcome (Kaurna woman Katrina Power) and Mayor Kris Hanna
12.15 1.30 Create a nature art journal: Bind your own nature art journal then practice nature sketching in your journal with artist James Parker.
12.15 12.45 The wonderful world of spiders: Learn about spider hunting, spider web and spider flight with Philip Roetman from the Discovery Circle.
12.15 1.00 Wildlife Walk: Search for frogs, reptiles, birds and “tracks and traces” with Adrian Sherriff from Animals Anonymous.
12.30 1.15 Reptile Search: Look for lizards and learn about reptile life with Peter Matejcic from the SA Herpetology Group and the Field Naturalists’ Society.
12.30 1.15 Nature Walk: Discover the flora and fauna of Oaklands Wetland with Michael Stead from the Nature Conservation Society of South Australia.
12.30 1.15 Wetland Plants: Join Paul Green from Green Environmental Consultants on a child-friendly, multi-sensory exploration of the habits of the aquatic plants growing in the wetland.
1.00 2.00 Kids session 3: Keep the kids occupied with a rotating program that sees them meet native wildlife with Animals Anonymous, learn about invertebrates with Bugs N Slugs, and get into Citizen Science from Dr Phil. Parental supervision is required – please register an adult to accompany the kids.
1.00 1.45 Waterbug Search: Collect waterbugs from Oaklands Wetland and learn to identify them with Doug Green from the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources.
1.15 2.00 Weed Walk: Search for weeds and learn of their deeds with Chris Brodie from the State Herbarium.
1.30 2.15 Nature Art: Unleash your creativity, learning sketching tricks and techniques with nature artist James Parker.
1.45 2.30 Nature Walk: Discover the flora and fauna of Oaklands Wetland with Michael Stead from the Nature Conservation Society of South Australia.
2.00 2.45 Reptile Search: Look for lizards and learn about reptile life with Peter Matejcic from the SA Herpetology Group and the Field Naturalists’ Society.
2.15 3.15 Kids session 4: Keep the kids occupied with a rotating program that sees them meet native wildlife with Animals Anonymous, learn about invertebrates with Bugs N Slugs, and get into Citizen Science from Dr Phil. Parental supervision is required – please register an adult to accompany the kids.
2.15 2.45 Forest Bathing: Try the relaxing Japanese practice of Forest Bathing (Shinrin Yoku). Make contact with nature to relax, restore, reflect and for your health and happiness, with Alex Gaut from Conservation Council SA.
2.30 3.00 How does Oaklands Wetland work?: Learn about the importance of wetlands and how the Oaklands Wetland works with Sam Phillips from the Natural Resources Adelaide Mt Lofty Ranges.
3.00 4.00 Kids session 5: Keep the kids occupied with a rotating program that sees them meet native wildlife with Animals Anonymous, learn about invertebrates with Bugs N Slugs, and get into Citizen Science from Dr Phil. Parental supervision is required – please register an adult to accompany the kids.
3.15 3.45 Forest Bathing: Try the relaxing Japanese practice of Forest Bathing (Shinrin Yoku). Make contact with nature to relax, restore, reflect and for your health and happiness, with Alex Gaut from Conservation Council SA.
3.15 3.45 Oaklands Wetland Friends Group Tour: Take a tour of Oaklands Wetland and learn about how the biodiversity has been returned to the site with Samantha Kerr from the Friends of Sturt River Landcare.
3.30 4.15 Discover Nestboxes: Learn what hides in the Nestboxes around Oaklands Wetland with Steve Walker from NRM Education.
4.30 4.50 Discover the World of Orchids: Learn about the world of orchids, their significance, and what you can do to help protect them, with Robert and Rosalie Lawrence from the Native Orchid Society of South Australia.
4.45 5.30 Bird Search: Learn the sights and sounds of urban birds on a survey with Sonia Kleindorfer and Marina Louter from Flinders University’s Birdlab.
5.00 5.45 Discover Nestboxes: Learn what hides in the Nestboxes around Oaklands Wetland with Steve Walker from NRM Education
5.15 5.45 Identifying and recording wildlife in your backyard: Learn about websites and phone apps where you can record wildlife seen in your backyard and have it identified.
5.45 6.30 Bird Search: Learn the sights and sounds of urban birds on a survey with Sonia Kleindorfer and Marina Louter from Flinders University’s Birdlab.
6.30 7.15 Frog Search: Listen for the croaks by the water’s edge, search for amphibians and learn about Frog Watch with Steve Walker, local frog expert from NRM Education.
EVENING: Saturday October 28th, 2017
7.15 8.00 What if we didnt have a Moon?: The Moon, our nearest neighbour in the cosmos, has a profound effect on us. It’s helped not only shape our evolution, biologically, but has shaped the entire evolution of our planet. Created some 4.5 billion years ago when a roughly Mars-sized planetoid crashed into a young infant proto-Earth, the Moon has been our companion-in-orbit ever since. The effect of not having the Moon could be much more than you would think! The presenter, Joe Grida (President of the Astronomical Society of SA), will also bring telescopes to view the Moon and the night sky, as long as the skies are clear.
8.00 8.45 Bat Search: Detect seldom-seen micro-bats with an ‘Anabat’ and learn about the importance of bats with naturalist Terry Reardon and Annette Scanlon from UniSA’s Discovery Circle.
8.00 8.45 Spotlighting: Search for wildlife and “tracks and traces” around the wetland with naturalist Bruce Jackson.
8.00 8.45 Frog Search: Listen for the croaks by the water’s edge, search for amphibians and learn about Frog Watch with Steve Walker, local frog expert from NRM Education.
8.45 9.30 Spotlighting: Search for wildlife and “tracks and traces” around the wetland with naturalist Bruce Jackson.
8.45 9.30 Bat Search: Detect seldom-seen micro-bats with an ‘Anabat’ and learn about the importance of bats with naturalist Terry Reardon and Annette Scanlon from UniSA’s Discovery Circle.