FauNature - Bringing You and Wildlife Together
Bring Us Your Bugs ii
Following on from the huge success of Bring Us Your BUGS, a second event to capture spring "Bugs" was organised by the University of South Australia, the SA Museum and fauNature! This time a "Most Wanted" list was created, but the researchers were after virtually any invertebrates (animals without backbones) from the 'wilds' of Adelaide - whether they flies, crawls, slithers, slides, swims or burrows!
The aim was to find out what invertebrates we have living around us!
On the day probably 2000 people participated in the event. Some 700 children arrived with a bottle, jar or vial in hand ready to make their contribution. Thousands of invertebrates were collected and many were excellent specimens!
A range of displays were set up by the Barbara Hardy Centre, SA Museum, Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resource Management Board, Department for Environment and Heritage, South Australian Research and Development Institute, Beekeepers Society of South Australia and Urban Forest Biodiversity Program.
fauNature's James Smith again helped deliver the project and involved from the inception. On the day James to classifying specimens on the day, through to organising the four photographers who digitally recorded the stars of the event.
The specimens were photographed for the new biodiversity gallery opening in the Museum early next year and a book on the wildlife of Adelaide, which is currently being written.
Elephant Weevil image by John Hodgson, curtisy of the Barbara Hardy Centre.
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