September is National Biodiversity Month

Published on 25 August 2022

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Are you a nature noticer? Or a feather finder? A rock pool rambler or a sea snorkeler? Curious about caterpillars or bemused by beetles? Perhaps you’re a budding botanist or expert bird nerder?

Mornington Peninsula Shire is celebrating Biodiversity Month this September by partnering with neighbouring councils to take part in this year’s Biodiversity Blitz from 1 – 30 September 2022.

Whether you’re new to nature or know your brown beaks from your blue-bills, we’d love you to join the BioBlitz to help document the Peninsula’s amazing biodiversity!

Download the iNaturalist app and sign up to create your profile, then head outdoors during September to snap photos of local nature finds and upload them to the app. 

Joining the Bioblitz is a great way to learn about local plants and animals and get involved in local conservation and citizen science.

Click here to learn more

How do I get started?

If you're getting ready to take part in the BioBlitz this September, then you'll need to learn how to use iNaturalist!
Join the iNaturalist for Beginners online webinar hosted by Yarra Ranges Council on Wednesday 31 August 2022 at 7pm. Register your attendance here
At the webinar you’ll learn about:

  • how to access iNaturalist
  • how to join the BioBlitz
  • taking high quality photos
  • adding your contributions to iNaturalist
  • how to help other participants identify their observations
  • Q&A.

Wildflower Walks

Want to explore the Peninsula’s biodiversity? Join the Shire’s Bushland Management team for guided wildflower walks through local bushland reserves during Biodiversity Month this September.
You’ll be guided by plant experts who will be on hand to help you identify local plants and answer your wildlife related questions. Places are limited, so don't forget to register your attendance. 
Walk 1
10am, Friday 2 September
Moorooduc Quarry Flora and Fauna Reserve
Register here

Walk 2
10am, Friday 9 September
Balcombe Estuary Reserves
Register here
Walk 3
10am, Friday 16 September
The Briars Sanctuary
Register here
Walk 4
10am, Friday 30 September
Mount Martha Park
Register here

Quotes attributable to Mayor Councillor Anthony Marsh:

“As reigning BioBlitz champions from 2021, we are in it to win it again! We encourage everyone to get outside and join us in this community science event, and record your nature finds from across the Peninsula.
“By taking part you'll be contributing to community science and showcasing the amazing biodiversity of the Mornington Peninsula. You might even help us win the council area with most recorded species.”



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