We acknowledge the Ewamian People as the traditional owners of Rungulla National Park and we pay our respects to their Elders Past and Present. 

A large team of Bush Blitz taxonomists will visit Rungulla National Park in May 2022 to survey a variety of plants and animals. The most poorly known animals and plants are the invertebrates (insects, spiders, snails ect) and non-vascular plants (fungi, lichen, mosses, algae ect), these are the groups that Bush Blitz focuses on. 

Taxonomy is the science of naming, describing and classifying all living organisms. Scientific names are the first step to further understanding an organism, for further study and to be given a status (weed, pest, rare, threatened ect.) 

Apply for your class to speak with scientists over a video conference at the next Bush Blitz. 

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Background Information 

Rungulla National Park (pronounced Roong-ala) was acquired as National Park in 1997 and  is located 116 km south west of Forsayth in north western Queensland. Rungulla is part of the Great Artesian Basin, one of the largest underground freshwater resources in the world and Australia’s largest groundwater basin. This spectacular and rugged sandstone country has significant natural values and protects several ecosystems that are poorly represented in Australia’s protected areas. The low level of disturbance, variation in altitude and wide range of refugia habitats all contribute to its conservation value and resilience to climate change. 

Rungulla’s woodlands and perennial grasses provide critical habitat for species of conservation significance, such as the Gouldian Finch, the koala and the Northern Quoll. Rungulla also protects significant wetlands and waterway areas, including the Gilbert River that crosses the park, which contribute to the park’s biodiversity and provide habitat for nationally recognised migratory birds and freshwater species. The wide range of sandstone landforms and features, such as folded sediments, outcrops, sculptured caves and pagoda like formations, create a spectacular landscape and contain numerous examples of Aboriginal culture in form of rock art, etching and grinding grooves. 

Rungulla National Park and Resources Reserve lies within part of the lands of the Ewamian (pronounced Oor-a-min) People who have an ongoing connection to Country. The ancestors of present-day Ewamian people were born, lived and hunted in this area before the arrival of Europeans. The Ewamian People maintain a strong physical and spiritual connection to their lands, waters and traditional culture. The Ewamina Country is very rich in cultural and significant sites, including rock arts, scar trees, artefacts, occupation sites, bora grounds, stone groovings and ceremonial grounds. 

Find more information about Rungulla National Park here.