Biodiscovery blitz at Cane River, Western Australia

The stunning spinifex plains of Cane River Conservation Park, WA, is the location of a Bush Blitz currently underway to discover the plants and animals that live there. Photo: Kate Gillespie

I’m heading out bush next week to join a team of about 15 scientists exploring Western Australia’s Pilbara region on a biodiscovery mission!

It’s all part of the nation-wide Bush Blitz program, a partnership program between the Australian Government, BHP Billiton, Earthwatch Australia and TERN AusPlots–Rangelands, which is helping document the plants and animals in Australia’s National Reserve System.

This will be the 10th survey undertaken under the program. The work is taking place on the spinifex plains of the Cane River Conservation Park, about 250 kilometres south-west of Karratha, Western Australia. While there isn’t a great deal known about the plants and animals that inhabit this park, it is likely to be home to threatened species such as the orange horseshoe bat and the carnivorous marsupial the mulgara, which fascinatingly doesn’t drink!

Stay tuned and I’ll let you know about some of the discoveries we make.

Bethany Blowfield, Parks Australia