Community groups, Farmers and landholders

Waterbug Identification – Free Training

In Spring 2018 and 2019, participants from all around Australia will discover how healthy their local rivers and wetlands are, as part of The National Waterbug Blitz. Using basic tools (hand lens, icecube tray and plastic spoon) and following the guidance of The Waterbug App, users will be able to easily identify live waterbugs and upload their observations to a database. The information will then be mapped and analysed to report on Australian waterway health.

To help get our local communities ready for this National blitz, we are offering the following free training, delivered by John Gooderham from The Waterbug Company:

All events are family friendly and anyone is welcome. Particularly suitable for teachers, land managers, volunteers and bug enthusiasts.

For more information on waterbugs visit or

Feel free to download and distribute the event flyer through your networks


Saturday 4th November 9:30am, 11:30am, 2:00pm
Browns River Estuary, Kingston – for the Extinction Matters Bioblitz

Please RSVP through the Extinction Matters website or Facebook page


Sunday 12th November, 11am-3pm, Otago Bay Lagoon Reserve,
Otago Bay Rd—across from Lagoon Rd; Otago Bay

Sunday 19th November, 11am-3pm, Hobart Rivulet Park (Linear Park),
Tara Street; South Hobart

Please RSVP to Ruth Osborne ( or 6221 6161).



The Extinction Matters Bioblitz is organised by Bookend Trust and Kingborough Council.

The Otago Bay training is supported by Otago Bay Coastcare and Clarence City Council.

The Hobart Rivulet training is supported by the South Hobart Sustainable Community Group.

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