Bega Valley citizens will have the opportunity to join the Atlas of Life in Australia and 14 other countries, in the largest citizen science biodiversity survey in the southern hemisphere.
Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness will be offering a series of activities during the four day Bioblitz beginning October 22.
These activities include a moth night, a sea slug census, a mini bioblitz in the Towamba cemetery and a competition for the best cockatoo photo.
Atlas of Life chair Libby Hepburn said until recently bioblitzes had always been centred in the northern hemisphere and this year would mark the second time the southern hemisphere was coming together to record its biodiversity.
"Last year the organisers were astounded by the participation, their humble expectations of perhaps just a few locations around Australia getting involved were blown away, with many more people from around the world joining in to observe their local biodiversity," Ms Hepburn said.
Anyone can get involved, whether they're under restrictions or not
This year on the South Coast, Ms Hepburn said they are offering a handful of activities people can get involved with, with the added benefit that everyone can participate.
"The beauty of the GSB is that everyone can participate even if restrictions are in place, and travel is not possible," Ms Hepburn said.
She said this was possible as people could participate either alone or in groups, within their backyards or even just in their local government area.
"All you need is an iNaturalist account, a device to take photos of wildlife, and all the enthusiasm you can muster,"
"Our moderators and Identifiers will be there to help you identify the species you record."
Listed below is some more information on the events happening over the four day Bioblitz in October. For more information on these events visit the Atlas of Life website.
Shine a light on moths - Saturday October 23
People across the Southern Hemisphere are invited to put white sheets under an outside light on the night of Saturday October 23, to record all the moths and other insects that turn up.
"The brilliant thing about it is everybody will be doing the same thing across the whole southern hemisphere, so we'll be getting a really interesting snapshot of the moths that are coming out all over the southern hemisphere at night," Ms Hepburn said.
Explore cemetery plant life - Saturday October 23
Organiser of the event and secretary of the Bega Valley Atlas of Life branch, Raymond Daly said the 'Life in our Cemeteries' event will be a mini bioblitz that focuses on plants this year.
The program, with the support of the Bega Valley Shire Council, will be inviting people to explore the unique flora in the Towamba Cemetery.
The event will feature presentations from Potoroo Palace, a presentation by local historian Fiona Firth and a discussion about plant species hosted by local botanist Jackie Miles.
The event is capped at 50 people and is a registration only event, to register visit this link life-in-our-cemeteries-towamba.paperform.
Dive in to sea slugs survey - Sunday October 24
Ms Hepburn said they're encouraging anyone interested in sea life to get involved in the sea slug survey.
She said people can simply check out the rock pools at beaches near them and for those who are bold enough to brave the cold water, they can snorkel and capture some shots.
"We're encouraging everybody to go out and photograph the sea slugs, and the other small things in the water, to add those to the BioBlitz," Ms Hepburn said.
Best parrot photo competition
Ms Hepburn said the Atlas of Life had a special focus on parrots this year due to increasing need for certain threatened species to be recorded.
"We are running a gang-gang nesting project and we are also especially looking out for glossy black cockatoos," Ms Hepburn said.
"Both of these species are now threatened and we are keen to find out how many are living in our area, especially after the fires."
The Atlas of Life will be offering prizes for the best images of these two species, and will later organise an exhibition of some great parrot images that are uploaded.
Every observation helps map biodiversity in your local areas
Ms Hepburn said each time an observation is made with Atlas of Life, it will be identified and used as a data point for that particular species.
She said this helped Atlas of Life create a vast database which can be used as valuable pieces of scientific data, accessed for biological research.
This year the GSB is gaining a stronger participation than the previous one, with already 96 local areas signed up from across 14 countries.