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Operation Bluetongue

A large-scale, community-based study on the roles of bluetongue lizards in the lives of South Australians.

Operation Bluetongue

Operation Bluetongue was a large-scale, community-based study on the roles of bluetongue lizards in the lives of South Australians. This 2007 study, conducted in conjunction with radio station, 891 ABC Adelaide, collected information on: bluetongue distribution, bluetongue ecology and habitat, experiences with bluetongues, and photographs of bluetongues. In total, 1500 questionnaires were completed, with questionnaires returned from 237 metropolitan suburbs and 162 country towns. 2330 bluetongue lizards were recorded, including the endangered pygmy bluetongue. The study revealed that that the community enthusiastically engaged in data collection and were passionately fond of these lizards, that the community improved their understanding of the natural history and distribution of bluetongue lizards, that people interact with these lizards in their gardens to a much greater extent than previously appreciated, that schools and students were enthusiastic about interacting with scientists and that university scientists could work with media outlets to achieve valuable outcomes in research and education.

Operation Bluetongue was followed by Operation Possum (2008), Operation Magpie (2009) and Operation Spider (2010).

 

Keywords:

Topic – lizard, reptile, bluetongue, tiliqua species

Audience - general audience, schools

Location - South Australia

Goals - conservation, education, sustainability

 

Collaborators:

Barbara Hardy Centre, University of South Australia

891 ABC Adelaide

 

Contacts:

Philip Roetman, Researcher  email Philip

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