BioBlitz at St Kilda (2017)

Our second BioBlitz at St Kilda was held on November 25th, 2017. The St Kilda mangroves provide vital habitat for fish, birds and other wildlife, as well as protecting the coastline from erosion. The historical seaside town also has many recreational facilities such as the newly renovated St Kilda Playground, the Adelaide Tramway Museum, the St Kilda Boat Club, and the St Kilda Mangrove Trail and Interpretive Centre.

We had a Kaurna welcome to the site and Councillor Damien Pilkington joined us at the event, highlighting the many attractions of St Kilda in particular the mangrove trail and the new Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary. Councillor Pilkington expressed the importance of getting people outdoors and enjoying the natural environment, and that St Kilda is a wonderful place to do this! Over 250 people participated in the St Kilda BioBlitz in various activities including:

  • Bird searches – surveys of coastal birds
  • Mangrove walks – exploring the mangrove trail
  • Beach walks – trips to Middle and Light beach
  • Reptile searches  – looking for reptiles
  • Astronomy sessions – learning more about the global problem of light pollution
  • Coastal plants – learning about identifying wildflowers and saltmarsh plants
  • Waterbug searches – discoverying some of the smallest animals that call the mangroves home

We also held nature art sessions, kids sessions, presentations on native gardening (Peter Hemmings from Provenance Indigenous Plants), orchids (Rosalie Lawrence from the Native Orchid Society of SA), dolphins (Nikki Zanardo from the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources), mosquitoes (Craig Williams from UniSA) and spiders (Philip Roetman from the Discovery Circle) as well as displays by Animals Anonymous and the Marine Discovery Centre.

What did we find?

Our team of scientists and naturalists recorded 1589 observations during the event, finding 61 different species.

We observed some species that are considered Threatened in South Australia, including Slender-Billed Thornbills (Acanthiza iredalei),  Pied Oystercatchers (Haematopus longirostris), Little Egrets (Egretta garzetta), and Peregrine Falcons (Falco peregrinus). We were also pleased to record three species of microbat at St Kilda.

Class Number of Species Number of Observations
Birds 48 1538
Mammals 4 4
Reptiles 3 7
Invertebrates 1 1
Plants 5 39

Download the full species list for more information (click here: 423KB 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 Friends of Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary City of Salisbury
Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources Natural Resources Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges

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

Start Time  Finish Time Description
MORNING: Saturday November 25th, 2017
9.00 9.45 Bird Search: Learn the sights and sounds of coastal birds with Joe DaFoe from the Friends of Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary.
9.00 9.50 Mangrove Walk: Learn about the mangroves and discover the wildlife that call it home, with Kris Messenger from Bugs n Slugs. A bus will take you to the mangroves, so please make sure you are on time!
9.30 10.15 Wildlife Walk: Search for reptiles, birds and “tracks and traces” with Adrian Sherriff from Animals Anonymous.
10.00 10.30 Discover the World of Orchids: 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.
10.00 10.45 Kids session 1: Our kids sessions include three activities in one: meet native wildlife with Animals Anonymous, learn about marine environments with the Marine Discovery Centre, and get into Citizen Science with Dr Phil from UniSA’s Discovery Circle. Parental supervision is required – please register an adult to accompany the kids.
10.15 12.30 Middle Beach Bird and Wildlife Walk: This is an extended session (135 minutes). Learn about coastal birds and wildlife at Middle Beach. Meet at our Basecamp at St Kilda. A bus will take you to Middle Beach, stopping along the way to observe birdlife on the salt ponds. Then at Middle Beach, search for reptiles, birds, mammals and “tracks and traces” with Luke Price from Natural Resources: Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges, and conduct a bird survey with Joe DaFoe from the Friends of Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary. This longer session is not suitable for young children.
10.30 11.20 Samphire Walk: Learn about the samphire and discover the wildlife that call it home, with Kris Messenger from Bugs n Slugs.
10.30 11.00 The Wonderful World of Spiders: The wonderful world of spiders: Learn about spider hunting, spider web and spider flight in this presentation by Dr Phil Roetman from UniSA’s Discovery Circle.
11.00 11.45 Nature Art: Unleash your creativity with nature artist John Whitney, suitable for all ages.
11.00 11.45 Waterbug Search: Learn to identify the water bugs with Sally Maxwell from the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources.
11.00 11.45 Kids session 2: Our kids sessions include three activities in one: meet native wildlife with Animals Anonymous, learn about marine environments with the Marine Discovery Centre, and get into Citizen Science with Dr Phil from UniSA’s Discovery Circle. Parental supervision is required – please register an adult to accompany the kids.
11.30 12.30 Native Plant Gardening: Native Plants for your garden: Join Peter Hemmings from Provenance Indigenous Plants to learn about using local natives in your garden. Peter will discuss plant selection and demonstrate how to grow local native plants.
11.45 12.30 Kid’s Shorebirds Activity: Learn about migrating shorebirds and the challenges they face in their amazing journeys from Adelaide to the Arctic Circle, with Julian & Chris from NRM Education. This hands-on activity is designed for upper-primary aged children.
AFTERNOON: Saturday November 25th, 2017
12.30 12.45 Welcome
12.45 1.30 Nature Art: Unleash your creativity with nature artist John Whitney, suitable for all ages.
12.45 3.30 Light Beach Bird and Wildlife Walks: This is an extended session (165 minutes). Learn about coastal birds and wildlife at Light Beach. Meet at our Basecamp at St Kilda. A bus will take you to Light Beach, stopping along the way to observe birdlife on the salt ponds. Then at Light Beach, search for reptiles, birds, mammals and “tracks and traces” with Peter Matejcic from the Field Naturalists’ Society and conduct a bird survey with Martyn Price from BirdsSA and Birdpedia. This longer session is not suitable for young children.
12.45 1.30 Waterbug Search: Learn to identify the water bugs with Sally Maxwell from the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources.
1.00 1.45 Kids session 3: Our kids sessions include three activities in one: meet native wildlife with Animals Anonymous, learn about marine environments with the Marine Discovery Centre, and get into Citizen Science with Dr Phil from UniSA’s Discovery Circle. Parental supervision is required – please register an adult to accompany the kids.
1.00 2.00 Native Plant Gardening: Native Plants for your garden: Join Peter Hemmings from Provenance Indigenous Plants to learn about using local natives in your garden. Peter will discuss plant selection and demonstrate how to grow local native plants.
1.45 2.30 Nature Art: Unleash your creativity with nature artist John Whitney, suitable for all ages.
2.00 2.45 Discover Dolphins: Learn about dolphins and the Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary which is home to local dolphins, fish, birds, mangrove forests, and even a ship graveyard, with Nikki Zanardo from the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources.
2.30 3.15 Kids session 4: Our kids sessions include three activities in one: meet native wildlife with Animals Anonymous, learn about marine environments with the Marine Discovery Centre, and get into Citizen Science with Dr Phil from UniSA’s Discovery Circle. Parental supervision is required – please register an adult to accompany the kids.
2.45 3.30 Coastal Plantlife: Learn how to identify wildflowers while walking among saltmarsh plants, and examine tiny seeds and flowers using a microscope, with Joan Gibbs from UniSA and the Friends of Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary.
3.30 4.15 Kids session 5: Our kids sessions include three activities in one: meet native wildlife with Animals Anonymous, learn about marine environments with the Marine Discovery Centre, and get into Citizen Science with Dr Phil from UniSA’s Discovery Circle. Parental supervision is required – please register an adult to accompany the kids.
3.30 4.15 What’s the buzz on mosquitoes?: What’s the buzz on mosquitoes? Learn about mosquitos and mosquito control. A short talk about the unique mosquitoes of Adelaide’s samphire and mangrove coast will be followed by some hands-on activities, netting wrigglers and checking traps with Associate Professor Craig Williams from UniSA.
4.15 5.05 Mangrove Walk: Learn about the mangroves, wildlife and water around St Kilda, with Faith Coleman from EcoProTem. A bus will take you to the mangroves, so please make sure you are on time!
4.15 5.00 Bird Search: Learn the sights and sounds of coastal birds with Martyn Price from BirdsSA and Birdpedia.
4.30 5.00 Indentifying and Recording Wildlife in your Backyard: 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, with Philip Roetman from the Discovery Circle.
5.15 6.05 Mangrove Walk: Learn about the mangroves, wildlife and water around St Kilda, with Faith Coleman from EcoProTem. A bus will take you to the mangroves, so please make sure you are on time!
EVENING: Saturday November 25th, 2017
7.00 7.45 Discover Adelaide’s Bats: Learn about the bats of Adelaide! Many of our bats are small, nocturnal and difficult to detect. Come along to learn about microbats and the specialised equipment and used to record their echolocation signals.
7.45 8.30 Discover the Night Sky: Learn about the night sky with Martin Lewicki from the Adelaide Planetarium. Martin will show a virtual tour of the night sky and discuss the issue of light pollution impact on the night sky and environment. If the sky is clear, a telescope will be available to explore the night sky.