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TASMANIAN MUSEUM & ART GALLERY
Bush Blitz in Focus: Discovering New Species in Tasmania
31 July - 5 October 2014
Did you know that we share the world with an estimated 10 million other species, but only about 1.4 million of these have been discovered, formally named and described?
Learn how TMAG’s zoologists and botanists are discovering new species in Tasmania as part of the Bush Blitz Program, and see some wonderful images of these fascinating plants and animals.
This exhibition is proudly supported by the Bush Blitz Program, a partnership between the Australian Government, BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities and Earthwatch Australia.
Image details: Anthicid beetle Lemodes coccinea
A PHOTOGRAPHIC exhibition at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery is showcasing some little-known Tasmanian animal and plant species.
Part of Bush Blitz, Australia’s largest nature discovery program, the
exhibition features photographs by TMAG zoologists and botanists during recent expeditions around the state.
About 75 per cent of Australian species remain largely unknown and globally only 1.4 million of an estimated 10 million species have been properly identified.
Tasmania also has many species still undiscovered.
“So much of Tasmania is still not known,” TMAG botanist Gintaras Kantrilas said. “People think you have to go to the Amazon to discover new species but you only have to go outside in Tasmania to discover new animals and plants.
“Bush Blitz provides an opportunity for us to get out and find some of these new species.”
Visitors to the exhibition can learn how botanists and entomologists collect and examine museum and herbaria specimens and see some of the important tools of the trade such as plant presses and insect traps.
It is also a chance to look through the eyes of scientists, whose work often goes unnoticed.
Bush Blitz in Focus is on show at TMAG’s Salon Gallery until October 5.
Dr Simon Grove, Senior curator of invertebrate
zoology at TMAG, with some of his photo's that are part of the
National Science Week
Science of the Sea – Oceans of Change
Throughout National Science Week, join us at TMAG for displays and
demonstrations from a range of science organisations. Learn about marine mammals, whale research and DNA, corals and sea mounts, molluscs and their distributions, the Redmap citizen science project, ice dynamics and polar melt and much more.
Date: 19 – 23 August 2014
Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Science of the Sea – Where Art Meets Science
On the final day of TMAG’s National Science Week program, guest artists who have worked with, and been inspired by, the science of the sea will showcase their art practice in a series of free workshops, demonstrations and exhibits.
Particularly suited for teenagers and adults, this special day will reveal the artistic response to some serious issues facing our oceans and inspire a collaborative approach to understanding the mysteries of the seas.
Date: Saturday, 23 August 2014
Time: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
For more information, visit the National Science week website.
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