BACKYARD BIODIVERSITY BLITZ
A Hub for Exploring and Recording Nature in Your Backyard
Welcome to NatureLink Perth’s Backyard Biodiversity Blitz!
This COVID-19 isolation is a tough gig, but now restrictions are easing you can get out into a nature – on the Swan River, Kings Park, beautiful walk trails in the hills or just visiting you local wetland or bushland.
We will still be providing a wealth of things to engage and inspire you in your backyard but add a few more resources for when you’re out and about. Nature is not closed and Backyard Biodiversity Blitz is designed to help kids, adults and families connect with nature, whether in their backyard or local bushland. We have something for everyone whether you’re 7 or 70. Getting out in the fresh air in nature, safely in backyards, is the best way to keep your immune system strong and boost your mental health, within the current health restrictions. At the same time you can collect some critical information through “citizen science” to sustain the native plants and animals that share our city.
Backyard Biodiversity Blitz is supported by a team of nature-based experts and organisations collaborating to bring you quality on-line material while you’re in self-isolation at home. So turn off the news, scroll down, immerse yourself in nature and have some ‘me’ time. What will you choose today?
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Put your environmentalist cap on and discover what species are hiding in your own backyard. Explore your surroundings, snap a couple of pictures, tick them off the checklist as you go and draw the most interesting creature you discover. You could win a 30-piece microscope set!
Get exploring with this new app designed by Nature Play WA and IslandWood.
Nature Passport encourages and motivates children to have fun engaging with their environment wherever that may be—from backyards and city parks, to beaches and other wild places.
With over 100 activities designed by experts in outdoor play and experiential education, the app is a robust tool for both families and classrooms.
Welcome wildlife to your garden by building them a home. Backyard Buddies share some great DIY projects to create a place to live for bees, butterflies, bats, frogs, lizards, birds… Share some quality time with the kids creating these habitats and enjoy for years to come.
We know it’s tricky to visit Kings Park right now, so we‘re coming to your place for a change!
Kings Park Home Delivery is sending you activities, videos, resources and great things to do at home to help get your ‘vitamin green’. You will meet all kinds of people who work in Kings Park and enjoy being part of our community during this crazy time.
Educated by Nature has launched a new online nature connection mentoring program to support children to create nature connection routines at home or in nearby natural spaces, like local bushland.
In our last NatureLink Perth newsletter Jane descibed the joys of a fungi hunt in our local bushland. If you’d like an app to identify your fungi, this is a good one although it costs $5. We have other resources to identify your fungi in our ‘Know your Biodiversity’ link on your right – just look under ‘Plants’. Yes, I know fungi are not plants!
How to do it!
Check out this amazing video with Simon Cherriman as he shows you how to support and enjoy biodiversity in your own backyard. Hosted by the Shire of Mundaring, it showcases the local natural environment in the Perth hills but these ideas could easily be adapted for anywhere in Perth.
There is an app for that! The Dolphin Watch App is available for users to share dolphin sightings, photos and videos with scientists studying dolphins in the Swan-Canning Riverpark. The data helps scientists from Murdoch and Curtin Universities, and the River Guardians team from Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.
All this lovely rain! Are you hearing any frog calls in your backyard? Croaks, whistles, bleats and barks – every frog species makes a different sound! By recording a frog call with the FrogID app, you can discover which frogs live around you and help the Australian Museum count Australia’s frogs! This citizen science project directly increases our knowledge of frogs and helps us to better conserve them. Have fun and do good at the same time!
Found a cool plant, animal, bug and want to know more? Click here to find help to identify or find out more information about what you found. Or if you just want to learn more about our amazing biodiversity in Perth, there is a wealth of resources here.
Nature Play WA be regularly updating new and interesting resources for families as they find them. From cool nature livestreams, to lessons from zoos, museums and art galleries, right through to getting active with fitness videos, we’ll share our finds with you.
EXCITING PROGRAM TO COME
Revisit this webpage soon. We will be bringing you new fun ways to engage with nature in your backyard and save our biodiversity.