We had a fantastic time over the weekend with two of our members, Wombat Forestcare, and Wombat Action Group (WAG). On Saturday night WAG organised a community spotlighting event, where thirty people came out to do some nocturnal spotlighting for wildlife in forests scheduled for logging in the Wombat State Forest.
Then on Sunday, Wombat Forestcare hosted a special event at the Trentham Neighbourhood house with ecologist and INaturalist expert Peter Crowcroft. Folks in attendance heard from Peter of his wonderful adventures collecting observations of different species on the much loved app, sharing his knowledge of its functions and in the evening, led a moth spotting workshop.
Later in the evening, folks gathered in the darkness at Trentham falls, awaiting patiently for some positively phototaxis night time critters to visit the glowing lights and white sheets. Even though it was quite cold and moths are beginning to drop in numbers this time of year, there was plenty of excitement over the few visitors that did arrive including a primitive cicada.
It was a fantastic afternoon where many went away with a new invigoration for bio blitzing and collecting inaturalist data adding to a globally significant database of nature observations. Keep in touch with Wombat Forestcare for more ways to get involved with their long and ongoing campaign to protect the Wombat State Forest from logging.