Want to experience the Gunbower Forest floodplain in all its glory and see up-close the amazing array of animals that make it so special?
Then the Gunbower Bioblitz is for you.
Celebrate the critters that depend on healthy waterways and forests to survive and thrive, and hear from the experts.
You never know what you'll find.
Download the iNaturalist App and record what you see.
Woodland Birds of Gunbower Forest
Saturday 25 November 8am to 10am
Meet at Spence's Bridge
Dr Joab Wilson from Ecology and Restoration Australia will be running a birdwatching session.
After an introduction to the ecology of Gunbower Forest, we will aim to conduct two 20-minute surveys in contrasting parts of the forest.
Participants will have the chance to assist by identifying birds by sight or sound and record them in iNaturalist.
Light breakfast included
Bats of Gunbower Forest
Saturday 25 November 7pm
Meet at Cohuna Visitor Information Centre
Experienced ecologists from ARI will be running an informative bat information session, followed by a survey
Participants will have the chance to assist by using handheld bat detectors to record bat calls and check harp traps for captured bats
Places are limited so bookings are essential. Light refreshments will be available.
Fish of Gunbower Forest
Sunday, 26 November 8am
Join native fish experts from North Central CMA's Native Fish Recovery Program in this unique opportunity to learn about the native fish that inhabit the area and watch a demonstration on how they are surveyed.
Melbourne Aquarium will also be joining the event to release some captive-bred Southern purple-spotted gudgeon
Tea and coffee provided
Reptiles and Frogs of Gunbower Forest
Sunday 26 November 12pm tp 2pm
Experienced ecologist David De Angelis from Abzeco environmental consultancy will be running an information session on frogs and reptiles that inhabit Gunbower Forest.
This will be followed by a reptile survey where participants will have a chance to assist with the collection of data
Light refreshments included