Celebrate National Science Week and the 130th anniversary of Green Cape Lighthouse with nature-based scientific activities this weekend.
The activities are part of Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness (ALCW), a 10 year community science project to build an atlas of biodiversity of our environment.
Coordinator Libby Hepburn said the weekend is also the Atlas’ second birthday.
Since the Atlas was launched here two years ago, 125 members have recorded 1303 species and 3148 sightings.
“We’re very excited,” she said.
“People will have the chance to see a whole range of scientific methods and get involved with recoding information.”
One of the Atlas’ projects is to record and monitor the flora, fauna and marine life that can be found on the Light to Light Walk, which extends from Boyd’s Tower at Twofold Bay’s South Head to Green Cape light house.
At the weekend scientists, ecologists and community members will demonstrate the use of sand traps and motion picture cameras to record passing wildlife, how to survey the rocky shore line and cliff top environment and record sightings of marine life through the use of a theodolite.
“We hope to see lots of creatures but particularly potoroos, antechinus lots of birdlife and of course whales,” Mrs Hepburn said.
Rock platform surveys will be held at low tide, led on Saturday by Michael McMaster, president of Sapphire Coast Marine Society and chief curator at Merimbula Aquarium and on Sunday by marine educator Allan Scrymgeour.
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Atlas members will also show you how to sign up and add your sightings to the Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness (ALCW).
“Anyone can make a sighting so we are encouraging people to get familiar with the project and learn how to log their own sightings,” she said.
Back in Eden the ALCW will have a display as part of the Sapphire Coast Discovery Centre open day on Saturday, August 17.
These events are funded by the Australian Government’s Inspiring Australia program and the NSW Department of Trade and Investment.
See the Atlas website for more information www.alcw.org.au