BioBlitz at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve

BioBlitz at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve


Posted 2019-03-20 by Elainefollow

Mon 25 Mar 2019 - Sun 25 Aug 2019

This is so exciting! Make sure you get along to the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve in Maleny to participate in BioBlitz - four huge days of never-before-seen perspectives of the rainforest reserve. Tree-climbers, scientists and artists will climb five giant strangler figs to study, capture and share the information from these majestic living skyscrapers.

From March right through to August, there will be heaps of opportunities for the public to get involved - to learn, to listen and to create in the BioBlitz workshops and events. Need I mention how much fun the children will have, all the while learning about the fantastic region, we all proudly call 'home'. For ease of reference, please see map below for BioBlitz event locations. Access to the strangler fig sites is via the Rainforest Discovery Centre.

Public Programme Schedule

What? Listen Up
When? Thursday 28 March to Sunday 25 August | 9.00am to 4.30pm
Where? Rainforest Discovery Centre

From the 28 March right through to the 25 August, visitors will have the opportunity to listen to the sounds of the tree canopy in the Rainforest Discovery Centre. Dr Leah Barclay from Griffith University has installed an acoustic monitoring microphone at the top of the rainforest at Mary Cairncross. What sounds can you hear and identify?

What? Cairncross QuestaGame
When? Monday 25 March - ongoing
Where? Along the forest circuits - please stay on the track
Notes: The QuestaGame requires a smart phone with Questagame app (free to download)

Download the citizen science app to your smartphone, iPad or other electronic device - you might already have this app installed from playing QuestaGame at the Eco-Hunt Adventure at Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary last year - and be part of this fun, wildlife spotting challenge. Participants earn points while playing and can see what other players have discovered too. Download QuestaGame from the Apple Store here or on Google Play here.

What? Junior Ranger Challenge
When? Thursday 28 March to Sunday 25 August | 9.00am to 3.30pm daily
Where? Pick up your kit at the Rainforest Discovery Centre
  • Limited quantity of kits available per day
  • Junior Ranger Challenge is aimed at 6 - 12 year olds
  • Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver
  • Please allow one to two hours to complete the Junior Ranger Challenge

  • Calling all budding biologists and scientists! This is your opportunity to explore Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve and complete different challenges to become a biodiversity ambassador! How awesome is that! Junior Ranger kits will be available for pickup from the visitor information desk in the Rainforest Discovery Centre. As these kits are limited, this is an opportunity for 'early birds' to rise and shine.

    What? Every Pademelon Counts
    When? Friday 29 March, Saturday 30 March and Sunday 31 March | 5.30am to 6.30am
    Where? Meet at the BioBlitz basecamp
  • Registration is essential
  • This activity is supported by the University of the Sunshine Coast

  • How many pademelons can you find and count? This challenge is calling for the real 'early birds' to get out and about and put their mathematical skills to the test. Over three consecutive dawns, groups of pademelon counters will be quietly taken through the forest to generate information on Mary Cairncross' pademelon population.

    What? Forest Feedback
    When? Friday 29 March | 6.00pm to 9.00pm
    Where? Maleny Community Centre, 23 Maple Street, Maleny
    Cost? $15 per ticket
  • Registration is essential. Purchase your tickets online here.
  • All ages

  • This should be fun and … educational! A variety of scientists and artists participating in BioBlitz are coming together for this very special Q&A evening, to share their insights into bio communication.

    In the ecological world's web, natural systems are held together by threads of communication - how do different species relate to one another and how does this information get translated? From networks of mycelium underneath the forest soil, to frog songs and bat radar, the Forest Feedback panel discussion is not-to-be-missed. Forest Feedback will open your eyes and your ears to the signals of science and the webs of communication that hold our rainforests together.

    What? Botanical Impressions
    When? Friday 29 March | Session #1 9.30am to 11.30am and Session #2 1.30pm to 3.30pm
    Where? Outdoor classroom
    Notes: *FREE for all ages and no registration is required

    Botanical Impressions is a FREE walk-in arts activity that will examine the beauty of local leaves. Maleny Printmakers will teach 'students' to capture the botanical beauty of leaves, in a keepsake to take home.

    What? Jinibara Talking Circles
    When? Saturday 30 March | Circle #1 10.00am to 11.30am and Circle #2 1.00pm to 2.30pm
    Where? Next to basecamp
    *FREE for all ages
  • No registration is required
  • This activity is supported by the Jinibara People Aboriginal Corporation

  • The Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve region has been home to the Jinibara people for tens of thousands of years. The Talking Circle is an invitation for everyone to come and meet the Jinibara elders , ask them questions, learn a bit about the Jinibara language and to share cultural perspectives. Don't be shy, come and say 'yadji gadji' (hello).

    What? Nature Journalling
    When? Saturday 30 March | Workshop #1 9.30am to 11.30am and Workshop #2 2.30pm to 4.30pm
    Where? Outdoor classroom
    Cost? $20 public | $15 for Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve volunteers or Barung members
  • Registration is required
  • This workshop is supported by Barung Landcare

  • Ecologist Dr Paula Peters will be offering instruction on botanical and animal observation and how to capture your environmental experiences in colour, line and notation. Nature Journalling is an introductory workshop, where mindful observation will be met with pencil and paper, hopefully resulting in a fabulous take-home piece of art.

    What? Insects in the Night Light
    When? Saturday 30 March | 6.00pm to 10.00pm (arrive anytime)
    Where? BioBlitz basecamp and outdoor classroom
    *FREE, no registration is required
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult

  • All children love to play outdoors in the dark and with this in mind BioBlitz is giving visitors a special opportunity to 'shine a light' on the study of insects. Do you know what an entomologist is? Don't worry, nor did I, but thanks to an online dictionary, I got my explanation. 'An entomologist is a person' - boy or girl - 'who studies or is an expert in the branch of zoology concerned with insects.' How awesome is that! Dr Geoff Monteith and Kathryn Ebert (both of whom are entomologists) will showcase the light trap method, attracting bugs from the forest, identifying them and answering all your questions.

    What? Bat Detective Night
    When? Saturday 30 March | 5.45pm to 7.00pm
    Where? Outdoor classroom
    *FREE but registration is required due to strictly limited group numbers
  • Children to be accompanied by an adult

  • Professor Stuart Parsons from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) will take you on a bat walk to learn about the diversity of microbats and flying-fox species, whilst trying out new technology that will enable 'students' to both listen and see their echolocation.

    To book or reserve your spot to any of the above activities, please click the respective links. Alternatively, additional information can be found at

    Once all the 'leg-work' and challenges have been completed, the public are invited to return to Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve from the 25 March to the 25 August 2019, to enjoy the 'Biodiversity: That's Life!' Exhibition, that will be on display in the Rainforest Discovery Centre. The scientific and creative research findings from the four-day BioBlitz will be showcased for everybody's enjoyment. And, how much better will it be to know you have contributed too!

    The realisation of BioBlitz is as a direct result of all the gold coin donations made by visitors to the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve's centre and is the educational centre's way of saying 'thank you' to the public. Make sure you bookmark your calendar for all the important dates, so as not to miss out on the exploration of our region's rainforests, at the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve.

    Images courtesy of Sunshine Coast Council and Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve's programme for BioBlitz

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