BioBlitz at Warriparinga

Over 380 people attended the BioBlitz at Warriparinga on October 29th, 2016. There were 45 activity sessions throughout the day and into the night (see the program below).

Warriparina comes from the Kaurna Aboriginal word meaing ‘windy place by the river’ and provides habitat for numerous bird species, as well as frogs, fish, water-bugs, lizards and possums. Additionally, the wetlands improve the quality of water discharged into the Sturt Creek which eventually flows into the sea.

What did we find?

Our team of scientists and naturalists recorded over 800 observations during the event, finding 76 different species. Some interesting finds include banjo frogs, native apricots, water skinks and brown tree frogs.

We were excited to find some eastern water-skinks (Eulamprus quoyii; sometimes called golden water-skinks), which have a limited distribution in South Australia due to the lack of regular flow in our rivers and creeks (see the lizard images in the slideshow on this webpage). We also spotted grey-headed flying foxes (listed as Vulnerable in Australia) and many brushtail possums (listed as Near Threatened in SA).

Class Number of Species Number of Observations
Mammals 5 19
Birds 31 249
Reptiles 4 15
Amphibians 3 93
Fish 3 48
Crustacean 1 26
Invertebrates 18 181
Vegetation 11 183
Please click here to see the full species list (PDF file).

Thank you!

A big thank you to everyone involved, it is great to see the public working with scientists, naturalists, and educators from University of South Australia; Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources;  Natural Resources Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges; NRM Education; BirdsSA; Living Kaurna Cultural Centre; FrogWatchSA; Nature Play SA; TAFE SA; Tennyson Dunes GroupNature Conservation Society of SA; SA Writers Centre; Aquasave-NGT; Adelaide Planetarium; fauNature; Animals AnonymousBugs n Slugs; and Indelible Duck.

Many thanks also to Friends of Warriparinga; Adelaide Metro Panthers; and City of Marion for their support and involvement.

More BioBlitz events?

Warriparinga was our last BioBlitz for 2016, and we are starting to plan for 2017! To make sure you don’t miss out on any of our projects and events, sign up for our e-newsletter (click here).

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 Play SA Aquasave Nature Glenelg Trust Nature Conservation Society of South Australia logo
Start Time  Finish Time Description
MORNING: Saturday October 29th, 2016
9.00 9.45 Bird Search: Learn the sights and sounds of urban birds on a survey with Erin Sautter and Ali Ben Kahn from Nature Conservation Society of SA.
9.00 9.45 Fish Search: Discover the native and introduced fish in Warriparinga with Nick Whiterod and Sylvia Zukowski from Aquasave-NGT.
9.30 10.15 Wildlife Walk: Search for frogs, reptiles, birds and “tracks and traces” with Luke Price from Natural Resources: Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges.
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.
10.30 11.45 Warriparinga Bushtucker History and Music Walk: Learn about the history and significance of Warriparinga from Sean Weetra from the Living Kaurna Cultural Centre.
11.00 11.45 Wildlife Walk: Search for frogs, reptiles, birds and “tracks and traces” with Luke Price from Natural Resources: Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges.
11.00 11.45 Macroinvertebrates: Collect and learn to identify the water bugs of Warriparinga with Sally Maxwell 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 Warriparinga with Nick Crouch from TAFE SA and The Tennyson Dunes Group.
11.15 12.00 Nature Play Activity: Build your own miniature bush shelter with Nature Play SA. Explore the surroundings and collect fallen natural materials to create a miniature cubby or shelter with your family and friends.
AFTERNOON: Saturday October 29th, 2016
12.15 1.00 Nature Art: Unleash your creativity with nature artist John Whitney
12.15 1.15 Nature Poety: Write poetry that explores and captures the environment and setting of Warriparinga with David Chapple from SA Writers
12.30 1.15 Nature Play Activity: Build your own miniature bush shelter with Nature Play SA. Explore the surroundings and collect fallen natural materials to create a miniature cubby or shelter with your family and friends.
12.30 1.45 Warriparinga Bushtucker History and Music Walk: Learn about the history and significance of Warriparinga from Sean Weetra from the Living Kaurna Cultural Centre.
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 Macroinvertebrates: Collect and learn to identify the water bugs of Warriparinga with Sally Maxwell from the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources.
1.15 2.00 Nature Art: Unleash your creativity with nature artist John Whitney
1.15 2.00 Weaving: Learn about weaving and cultural traditions with the Southern Elders Weaving Group from the Living Kaurna Cultural Centre
1.30 2.45 Creekside Vegetation: Help survey the creekside vegetation with Paul Green from Green Environmental Consultants.
1.30 2.30 Nature Poetry: Write poetry that explores and captures the environment and setting of Warriparinga with David Chapple from SA Writers
1.45 2.30 Warriparinga Nature Tour: Take a tour of Warriparinga and learn about how the biodiversity has been returned to the site with the Friends of Warriparinga
2.00 3.00 Native Edible Plants: Learn about edible native plants. How they grow, what they look like and how to use them in your cooking. A hands-on opportunity to touch and smell some of our unique South Australian Native Plants.
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 3.00 Weaving: Learn about weaving and cultural traditions with the Southern Elders Weaving Group from the Living Kaurna Cultural Centre
2.15 3.15 Nature Art: Unleash your creativity with nature artist John Whitney
2.30 3.15 Why do we need wetlands?: Learn about the importance of wetlands and the role they play with Glynn Ricketts from City of Marion
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.
3.30 4.15 Discover Nestboxes: Learn what hides in the Nestboxes around Warriparinga with Sam Ryan from NRM Education.
3.30 4.15 Discover Nestboxes: Learn what hides in the Nestboxes around Warriparinga with Steve Walker from NRM Education.
3.45 4.30 Warriparinga Nature Tour: Take a tour of Warriparinga and learn about how the biodiversity has been returned to the site with the Friends of Warriparinga
4.00 5.00 Native Edible Plants:Learn about edible native plants. How they grow, what they look like and how to use them in your cooking. A hands-on opportunity to touch and smell some of our unique South Australian Native Plants.
4.45 5.30 Bird Search: Learn the sights and sounds of urban birds on a survey with Brian Blaylock from Birds SA.
5.00 5.45 Discover Nestboxes: Learn what hides in the Nestboxes around Warriparinga with Sam Ryan from NRM Education.
5.00 5.45 Discover Nestboxes: Learn what hides in the Nestboxes around Warriparinga with Steve Walker from NRM Education.
5.45 6.30 Bird Search: Learn the sights and sounds of urban birds on a survey with Brian Blaylock from Birds SA.
6.15 7.00 Wildlife Walk: Search for wildlife and “tracks and traces” along the wetland with David Armstrong from Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources.
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 FrogWatch SA.
EVENING: Saturday October 29th, 2016 
7.45 8.30 Aboriginal Night Skies: Aboriginal Australians have been looking at the night sky for thousands of years. During this time they have been able to build up a complex knowledge of the stars and their movements. Come and learn how to find the different constellations (stellar patterns) as seen by indigenous groups throughout Australia with Paul Curnow from the Adelaide Planetarium. Paul will work indoors if the skies are overcast, but if the skies are clear then part of the session will be outside.
8.00 8.45 Bats: Detect seldom-seen micro-bats with an ‘Anabat’ and Annette Scanlon from UniSA’s Discovery Circle.
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 FrogWatch SA.
8.00 8.45 Spotlighitng: Shine a light on the mammals of Warriparinga with David Armstrong from Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources.
8.00 8.45 Spotlighting: Shine a light on the mammals of Warriparinga with James Smith from FauNature.
9.00 9.45 Bats: Detect seldom-seen micro-bats with an ‘Anabat’ and Annette Scanlon from UniSA’s Discovery Circle.
9.00 9.45 Spotlighting: Shine a light on the mammals of Warriparinga with David Armstrong from Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources.
9.00 9.45 Spotlighting: Shine a light on the mammals of Warriparinga with James Smith from FauNature.