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Warriparinga Bioblitz

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by Jenny Rossiter (subscribe)
Writer, photographer, educator, explorer of places new, with a passion for adding fun back into life.
Event:
Discover Wildlife at Warriparinga
What wildlife can you find in Warriparinga? Families are invited to team up with Uni SA scientists and record the diversity of species inhabiting the 3.5 hectare site on the corner of Marion Road and Sturt Road, Bedford Park. Warripari is the Kaurna people's name for the Sturt River. It means 'windy place by the river'.

Living Kaurna Cultural Centre. Photograph by JA Rossiter.


The free event runs all day on Saturday the 29th October and is open to all ages. Search for birds, mammals, frogs, bats, fish and wild flowers. At night-time there will be Aboriginal astronomy talks and spotlighting for possums. Nature play for kids, art activities, animal displays, cultural activities and tours of the wetlands will all feature.

Warriparinga Bioblitz
Warriparinga Wetlands. Photograph by JA Rossiter.


Be a scientist for a day. Join in the 12 hour Bioblitz event. As well as having lots of fun, you will be contributing to important research. The days' results will be listed on the Atlas of Living Australia, which is an online database of Australian plants and animals.

Warriparinga Bioblitz
Photograph by TP Prior.


Warriparinga is home to 21 known species of birds, including kookaburras, lorikeets, rosellas, wattlebirds and waterbirds. Look up in the eucalyptus trees lining the wetlands for bird boxes.

Is anybody home? Bird boxes line the wetlands. Photograph by JA Rossiter.


Bioblitz is being organised by Dr Philip Roetman from the University of South Australia. He promises a 'hands-on, educational and exciting experience.'

'It's a chance for families to learn together in a beautiful outdoor setting and play a part in recording a huge diversity of species,' said Dr Roetman.

Warriparinga Bioblitz
Photograph by TP Prior.


Warriparinga has lots of open space for picnics, walking trails, a creek, wetlands and art work. It is home to the Living Kaurna Cultural Centre, which exhibits locally hand crafted aboriginal gifts and artwork. It is open on weekdays. Families can bring a picnic or purchase light refreshments, tea and coffee at the event. There is free car parking available.

Warriparinga Bioblitz
Living Kaurna Cultural Centre. Photograph by JA Rossiter.


Register online here or here.

Warriparinga Bioblitz
Can you spot the art work through the trees? Photograph by JA Rossiter.


Summary of Events:
When: Saturday 29 October
Where: Warriparinga, Warriparinga Way (off Sturt Road), Bedford Park
Time: 9.00am 9.00pm
What to do: Wildlife on display, searches for birds, wildflowers and mammals, plus nature art, spotlighting, nature play, kid sessions, bat detecting, and an Aboriginal astronomy session.
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Why? Bioblitz is an educational and fun family day out.
When: Saturday 29th October
Where: Warriaparinga, Bedford Park
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Looking forward to discovering this natural haven. Thanks for the info.
by Jenny Esots (score: 3|1122) 732 days ago
Have not been here for a while.It is a nice place to visit. I wonder if they have extended the pathway along the river upstream to the caravan park.It should be a good time to go now,before the snakes start slithering around.
by noelp (score: 3|1180) 700 days ago
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