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Best wishes for a smashing GS Bioblitz - My name is Matt Nimbs and I specialise in marine invertebrates, I'm based in Coffs Harbour NSW (subtropical eastern Australia) so be prepared for a flood of records for some weird and wonderfuls from a very keen group of us.
Can't wait to see what you find, Matt! Thanks for joining us.
Well, I seem to have missed the boat on this thread! I'm a school teacher from the Coffs Harbour area, NSW, Australia and organiser for our local GSB region. Organising is not really my strong suit (this late post is evidence of that), as I much prefer being outside exploring, the more remote, the better!
My interests are fairly general, though I do really love my local rain forests as well as marine gastropods. On iNat I am @nicklambert .
Here is a Moss Mantis just for fun!
Looking forward to this year's event and I hope to have less sleep than last year!
Good luck all!
Hey Nick, fantastic to see you involved again this year, and really looking forward to seeing what happens next year.
@Pete Crowcroft Thanks Pete! Lens is huuuge and I don't use it nearly enough to warrant having it, too obsessed with the smaller stuff now...
@Seamus Doherty Thanks mate! Looking forward to having another (unneeded) excuse to get out amongst it!
@Stephen Fricker Settle down mate! Haven't got to this year's event yet! ;)
Looking forward to seeing what you find Nick - as always!
Hi Tim, Exciting work you are doing. May you record many frog calls this year!
Cheers Libby! I'm excited to see all the wildlife you find down at the southern NSW coast!! 😄
My name is Tim Wang, and I'll be one of the organisers for the Wet Tropics region of Australia! I'm actually a visitor here for the time being (Thanks to Sydney being in lockdown and all), but this will be my first time organising for GSB (Instead as just a participant under Thomas' wonderful Sydney GSB and CNC events last year), so nice to meet you all!
I'm someone that enjoys the power of citizen science, and currently trying to push many of the 240+ Aussie frog species (and other taxas of course) to Research Grade and have enough observations for the next iNat AI training (since even many of the common species up here don't even have enough observations for AI recognition). I'm keen to get out there and show everyone the biodiversity in this region :)
@Seamus Doherty Thanks Seamus, nice to meet you! Wow that would be amazing, and some tips to finding them up here would appreciate it too! I've recorded many Litoria nannotis, Litoria serrata and Papurana daemeli photos up here, as well as striped possums, etc. Keen to hopefully see them as well during the bioblitz :)
What's your thesis on, if you don't mind me asking? Sounds like it would be something exciting if you're including such a broad diversity of vertebrates up here! 😁
@Tim Wang No problem. My mates name is Lorenzo Bertola https://www.inaturalist.org/people/2857867. He's also a PhD candidate in Townsville at JCU. If you send him a message, I'm absolutely sure he would be more then keen to provide some tips.
My thesis is based on investigating how anthropogenic threats will effect ecological communities in the future. Specifically, I'm looking at how climate change will effect species extinction risk to trophic cascade and co-extinction processes. Interesting and scary stuff really!
Hey, Great to see you stepping up this year and helping the growth of the GSB into the wet tropics! they are fortunate to have you stuck up there to impart your knowledge. I have been watching some amazing observations coming in already. definitely link up with Seamus off line, his thesis loos amazing
I am on the organising committee for the Australian Citizen Science Association ACT and regions Chapter and we had a planning meeting last night. I talked about the GSB and was invited to ask you to presenta bout the GSB at the October 14th meeting. I am happy to work with you on this and I thought we might invite Michelle to talk about how the GSB go started. What do you think?
I think it's a good promotional opportunity for you and for GSB. Happy to chat, Libby
So excited to see what you find!
and I'll be happy to work with you to see how far we can encourage engagement together.
Hi, I'm Libby Hepburn and I work with my community in the far south coast of NSW. This area is temperate coastal. We have a biodiversity mapping project called the Atlas of Life, Coastal Wilderness and it's our 10 year birthday this month.
This is the first time we have joined GSB and we think it's a great idea to have a bioblitz in the southern hemisphere during our springtime.
A baby Koel being fed by its adopted parent a Red wattlebird. photo Leo Berzins
We have run 7 Bioblitzes over the last 10 years and we are really looking forward to this iNat approach and also making friends across the world.
This will be fun! and we need some fun this year!
Keen to see what you and your gang find Libby! It's always interesting. Best wishes
Hi Jeymmy, we are lucky to have you on board! Personally, being from a temperate region, I am really looking forward to seeing all of the observations from these beautiful tropical places like Colombia and Fiji. Enjoy, not long to go now!
Really, I'm ashamed of my late presentation. I´m from Colombia and I´m excited for this now GBS 2021. Sure, it´ll be fun and amazing to knowledge many biodiversity of the southern hemisphere 😃
Its great to have you join Kevin! Fiji certainly has some spectacular biodiversity, and we are so pleased to have you all onboard.
Ni sa Bula from beautiful Fiji, where we are sadly still in lockdown from the Delta Variant. There is a nice Fiji iNaturalist community here, that is coming together to help with the 2021Great Southern Bioblitz. You can see the observations and photos on our iNaturalist page: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/fiji-nature
Our group includes folks from a number of conservation NGOs like Nature Fiji and BirdLife International, as well as folks from Government, the University of the South Pacific and Fiji National University, and a myriad of individuals who have been active in wildlife and marine studies and photography in Fiji and the island states of Southwest Pacific.
Fiji consists of some 300 islands and 540 islets scattered over about 3,000,000 square km, much of which is still underexplorered. The land area is 10% and the sea area is about 90%. The highest point is 1,324 metres on Mount Tomanivi on the big island of Viti Levu where the capital of Suva is also located, where most of us our based.
My name is Kevin, and I will be helping coordinate the Fiji folks for the 2021Great Southern Bioblitz. My partner and I have a global wildlife photography project called Bird Explorers, and you can see our iNaturalist work here: https://www.inaturalist.org/people/614054 A la gente que habla castellano y para as pessoas que falam português, podemos responder a algunas preguntas o comentarios/ podemos responder a algumas perguntas ou comentários. De même pour le français!
Bula Team Fiji, Really excited to have Fiji out of lock down, and keen to participate
I'm Claudia, the area organiser for Canberra, Australia.
I did a degree in ecology at the University of Queensland and I currently work as a public servant.
I'm particularly interested in insects and admin a project on rearing moths and butterflies from caterpillars!
I'm really looking forward to the Great Southern Bioblitz and the renewed life (and warmth!) spring will bring. I am excited to make more iNat friends and get to know you all. You can find me at @claudiarose on iNaturalist and @claudia_schipp on Twitter.
Nice to e-meet you Claudia - I still haven't put up my photos of the Bordered Browntail (Urocoma limbalis) caterpillars, they hatched in early November and are still only a couple of cm long - slow growers! Not like the Helena gums which must be what the very hungry caterpillar book is based on (excepting the diverse diet). Cheers
@Pete Crowcroft Hi Pete!
Wow those are certainly some slow growers. Most of mine are overwintering as pupae at the moment and I'm very impatient/excited tonsee them emerge. Would love to see your observations in the project :)
Great to have you onboard Claudia! Do you by any chance know Michael Furlong at UQ?
Tenha cuidado com a Larissa, ela fica muito animada quando está na Natureza
@Pete Crowcroftsomeone has suggested that's actually a Cordyceps sp
@Stephen Fricker I wouldn't be surprised if everything I thought I knew about fungi is wrong.. I think I saw the same thing in the Grampians recently https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/observations/86229217
@Pete Crowcroft this one was https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/83712172 and someone suggested 'cordyceps gunnii' not sure if this is correct as it was under a gum (I think) and had no orange or yellow base, but it could be related and a rain moth parasite
Olá a todas e todos!
Meu nome é Larissa, sou brasileira, do interior de São Paulo, mas moro em Adelaide, Sul da Austrália, onde estou fazendo meu doutorado com ciência cidadã e vigilância de mosquitos.
Sou bióloga e professora de ciências, apaixonada por educação e preservação ambiental. Me encanta trabalhar com ciência cidadã e saber que podemos tornar a ciência mais acessível, democrática e justa.
Foi um grande prazer organizar a GSB ano passado e conectar Austrália e América do Sul. Estou ansiosa pra ver nossa rede crescer ainda mais esse ano :)
Thanks for introducing yourself, Gordon. It sounds like your group does lots of important and great work, and we are pleased to have you onboard this year 😀
Hi Everyone. I'm the President of Lockyer Community Action, a strange name for a group that has been doing surveys of threatened (particularly koalas and Glossy Black-Cockatoos) wildlife and a lot of camera trapping. We also use outside funding and volunteers to run training programs in survey methods and the use of equipment such as wildlife cameras, GPS, compass etc.
I'm on iNaturalist as @clag and also part of @LCA_Inc. We are just gearing up to organise the GSB in the Lockyer Valley Region of SE Queensland. Sorry no photo to hand.
Lo que realmente aprecio de estar involucrado en el GSB es que esto me ha permitido reunirme (al menos virtualmente) e intercambiar ideas con personas apasionadas de todo el hemisferio sur. Quienes están motivados por un interés en apoyarse mutuamente para desarrollar ideas y desarrollar capacidades.Me ha interesado mucho lo que ha estado haciendo en Perú con un grupo tan activo y atractivo que promueve la ciencia ciudadana y la comunicación en torno al aprendizaje basado en la naturaleza. El uso de iNaturalist en Perú también ha sido interesante y he aprendido bastante y espero aprender más.
Gracias!! Poco a poco estamos creciendo como comunidad de iNaturalist en Perú!
Mi nombre es Antonio W. Salas y soy de Lima, Perú.
He estudiado Biología y he seguido estudios de maestría y doctorado. He trabajado como consultor y como empleado para el gobierno, para empresas privadas y para ONGs.
Estoy impulsando el uso de iNaturalist en Perú promoviendo el desarrollo de proyectos, capacitando y colaborando con eventos nacionales e internacionales.
Disfruto mucho colaborar con el GSB porque la considero una iniciativa muy benéfica para mi país y para los peruanos.
Es grato poder conocerlos a través de las noticias que compartimos.
¡Saludos desde Perú!
Sure is! Gorgeous spot.
My name is Seamus Doherty.
I am also one of the co-founders and organisers for the GSB. My background is in biology/ecology and citizen science. I am currently undertaking my PhD on anthropocentric threats and ecological communities in the Australian Wet Tropics.
We are all looking forward to having even more people participate in #GSB21 this year, particularly in South America and Africa.
If you ever have any questions about GSB or our lovely website here, please feel free to message me at any time. Alternatively, you can follow me on Twitter or iNaturalist.
I look forward to meeting everyone in our first organisers meeting for the year next month. Until then~ Adiós.