On Sunday July 10th we held our first Mid Winter Walk with the aim of learning more about some of the ferns, mosses, liverworts and lichens that are often overlooked features of the biodiversity in Tarra-Bulga National Park. If you want to see the full complement of photos from the day check out the Tarra-Bulga National Park project on iNaturalist. You may be even be able to help with identifying some. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?q=Mid%20Winter%20Walk%202022&search_on=tags Otherwise you can check out the photos here to get an idea of what we saw. Although we were not specifically looking at fungi we did also come across a lot of photogenic fungi so some photos of them have also been included.
Note that it can be difficult to identify Mosses and Liverworts (both different groups of plats) in the field, some species need microscopic examination to see their features. Ferns are a bit easier as they are larger and although they dominate the landscape there are only around 40 species in the park. Lichens are not actually plants but are are organisms composed of fungal and photosynthetic partners.
Volunteers spent the day and night On Saturday February 5th using a range of techniques to see what living things could be found. From the day a whopping 428 observations were added to the Tarra-Bulga National Park project on the citizen science website www.iNaturalist.org. A number of plant and fungi species were recorded, but the vast majority of records were for an amazing array of insects and other invertebrates. Many finds that were uploaded to the website are still to be identified but so far, we can confirm that we have recorded at least 215 different species for the day, roughly 60 of them had never previously been recorded at Tarra-Bulga.
The day’s focus was mainly on invertebrates, other planned activities for the year aim to add to the flora and fauna records for the park, these include a fungi foray in May, a mid-winter walk looking at ferns and mosses, and a plant identification day as well as bird survey in spring. As well as these activities, Friends of Tarra-Bulga hold regular working bees and are always on the lookout for people interested in joining our crew of volunteers that staff the park Visitor Centre.
The following Table shows the range of lifeforms we recorded on the day.
It’s not too late to sign up for our Bio-blitz. This Saturday (February 5th) Where we will aim to record as many species of any lifeform (Insects, Birds, Plants, Fungi etc) we can find on the day. We will use the Citizen Science Website/App iNaturalist https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/ to log our findings. Conveniently the site already has a Tarra-Bulga National Park project set up that automatically records any sightings made within the Park. https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/…/tarra-bulga-national-park
As you can see it is well established already with 5.350 observations and 1,170 species recorded. We will aim to use a number of survey techniques to find as many species as possible. I think 200 species would be a good result for the day.
With iNaturalist you can download the App and upload sightings directly from a phone or you can upload any photos you take on a camera when you get back home and upload them via the website later on. If you don’t want to log your own sightings feel free to just come along and observe.
Do bring food for the day, as well as any cameras, binoculars etc that you would like to use. Contact 0488 035 314 for further information.
On Sunday May 9th we held a fungi foray starting at Bulga Park. The conditions were favourable and we had a great turn out with 30 people signed up and ready to go at 9.30am. After an introductory presentation we set off for a very slow loop down to the suspension bridge, returning via the Fern Gully and Link Tracks. Understandably some families with small children and others with Mother’s day lunch commitments dropped out along the way, but even on a short walk they would have experienced a wide variety of fungi displaying their spore bodies.
It has been a big job documenting the finds, between my daugher and I we have added over 170 sightings to iNaturalist for the day https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/tarra-bulga-national-park This includes sightings from the Tarra Valley (I couldn’t resist checking out what fungi could be seen there as I was going past on my way home). Overall the total species recorded to date is 68! I wonder if anyone that attended has got photos of species that we missed? Anyway enjoy the gallery below which contains some examples of the variety of fungi seen on the day.
We will be holding a volunteer information day and get together for new volunteers to meet this Sunday May 23rd. All prospective volunteers, friends and family welcome. A BBQ lunch will be provided but please let us know by 8pm Wednesday May 19th if you will be coming. BYO Drinks, Plates and Cutlery and folding chairs. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or David on 0488 035 314.
A BBQ lunch will be provided but please let us know by 8pm Wednesday May 19th if you will be coming. BYO Drinks, Plates and Cutlery and folding chairs. RSVP to email@example.com or David on 0488 035 314. The day will kick off at 11.30am.
For anyone that is interested, Friends of Tarra-Bulga National Park are going to hold a Bioblitz on Sunday February 14th. The day is intended to be a fun and casual way to start off our activities for the year. We will aim to use cameras to record anything of interest we find. The results can then potentially be added to Citizen Science apps such as the Tarra Bulga National Park project on iNaturalist https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/tarra-bulga-national-park . If the weather conditions are suitable, we will also run a light sheet to attract moths and other insects on the Sunday evening.
Anyone is welcome to attend, no prior experience or knowledge is necessary. The official start time is 10am at the Visitors Centre but you could potentially join in at any time on the day. Just bring along any food or drinks you need for the day as well as any cameras, phones, binoculars etc you may have lying around. For more information or to register your interest in attending you can contact 0488 035 314 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org You can also register via ParkConnect https://bit.ly/39VtMRV
Easing of Covid-19 restrictions in Victoria has meant that our group activities have been allowed to re-commence
Tarra-Bulga National Park is one of only a handful of National Parks in the state that has an operational Visitor Information Centre. In this day and age it is refreshing for visitors that are not familiar with the Park to be able to have face to face interaction with an actual human being. This enables them to get the best information in regards to getting the most out of their visit. At present we have vacancies for new volunteers to come on board and help to keep the centre open. Full training and support will be provided. You don’t even have to know that much about the park. A list of answers for common visitor questions will be provided. Our long term volunteers love the experience that working in the Visitors Information Centre Offers. It helps of course to be surrounded by the awesomeness of Tarra-Bulga National Park. It can certainly be a relaxing and enjoyable way to spend a day. All while helping to provide a great community service. Some of our volunteers find it so enjoyable, that over the years they have accumulated over 200 days service. Do you enjoy getting out in the community, if so please consider giving volunteering at Tarra-Bulga a go. For further details or to register your interest email email@example.com or phone our Volunteer Co-ordinator Jane on 5196 6182.