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Not just for the birds
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Discovering Rock Pools at BioBlitz Hallett Cove (Image: City of Marion)

A BioBlitz is a community event where the public works with scientists to observe and record the plant, animal and insect life at a location. The BioBlitz usually takes place over a short period of time, typically a day or two, and often involves naturalists and other specialist experts being involved.

A BioBlitz in Adelaide has plenty of free things to do for people of all ages. It's educational, fun for kids, and gives participants an opportunity to learn a great deal about the natural environment directly from experts. Depending on the location of the BioBlitz, it may be fish and marine creatures, birds, insects, or native plants and animals that are being surveyed. You can read about some previous BioBlitzes here.

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Shorebirds at the Port River

What's special about a BioBlitz is that it's a unique and enjoyable way to learn a great deal about a location - straight from the experts, and free of charge. It's real life nature play for all ages.

The BioBlitz in Adelaide program is hosted by the Discovery Circle at the University of South Australia. It's a free event open to all ages, but you must register in advance to take part. Each session has a limit on the number of participants, but there are many different things to see and do to choose from.

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It's Not All About Birds - a Big Spider at Wittunga Botanic Garden

On Saturday November 25 Discovery Circle is holding a BioBlitz at St Kilda. Join in the fun at this free family event and discover the secrets of life in St Kilda and the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary. The event base camp will be at the St Kilda Community Hall, off Beach Road at St Kilda. Take part in organised walks, talks and free activities for kids, or take a ride on one of the free bus trips into the Bird Sanctuary. You will be able to observe, record and learn about the local flora and fauna. Or you can just drop by, there will be wildlife on display and plenty of fun things to do.

All during November the Adelaide Shorebirds Festival is giving people the opportunity to learn more about the amazing shorebirds which migrate to South Australia every year. Free things to do on offer include taking a free cruise on the Dolphin Explorer on the Port River, and free kayaking at St Kilda. It gives you an opportunity to learn more about these migratory shorebirds which include threatened species such as Curlew sandpiper, Ruddy turnstone, Red knot and Eastern Curlew.

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Meet a Royal Spoonbill for BioBlitz at St Kilda

The Bioblitz at St Kilda lets you explore St Kilda and the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary with experts. You might find a Spoonbill, a Sandpiper, an Oystercatcher, or a Fairywren on your travels. Come for as long as you can to see wildlife on display, join wildlife searches, create some Nature Art, learn more about the marine environment, or our night sky. You don't even need to be a bird watcher, there are plenty of other free things to do. Take a walk in the mangroves, admire native orchids, or be amazed by the spiders.

You will need to register in advance for the free Bioblitz from Discovery Circle - find all the information that you need at the website here. Click to register for one of around thirty free sessions, then simply roll up to St Kilda Community Hall on the day. Try to be early to ensure that everything runs smoothly. What's not to like about free educational fun at the beach - it's all too easy, isn't it?
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Why? It's free fun for everyone
When: 9am until 8.30pm
Where: St Kilda Community Hall, 2 Beach Rd St Kilda, South Australia 5110
Cost: Free!
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