Awesome pictures take home prizes following school holiday eco-hunt
  • Friday 21 July 2017

Hundreds of eager eco-hunters converged on the Maroochy Wetlands at Bli Bli during the recent school holidays to snap some awesome pictures of the local wildlife and submit their sightings to the Questagame app.

On Wednesday morning prizes were awarded to two eco-hunters who submitted some of the best sightings during the two-week competition.

Division 9 Councillor, Steve Robinson, praised the efforts of the Maroochy Wetlands Support Group volunteers and local businesses who sponsored the event.

“We’re the first council to partner with Questagame and run a competition of this kind, and it’s received a fantastic response,” Cr Robinson said.

“Over the two weeks we saw more than 400 participants of all ages submit 486 photos which were verified by dedicated volunteers and experts.

“It was great to see so many families taking part in this adventure, and to see mobile technology used in such a positive way.

“A third prize of $100 voucher from Rivershore Resort prize is still to be claimed, so if Questagame user FOX101 is out there, please check your email and get in touch with council to claim your prize.”

The Bettin family, including Chloe,11, Jack,10 and Sebastian,4, took out a lucky draw prize of a family cruise with Maroochy Nature Cruises, while Rae Bennetts and her daughter Indigo,7, took out the title of Champion Spotter, receiving a $100 voucher from White’s IGA in Bli Bli after submitting sightings of 31 different species.

The sightings submitted during the Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary Eco-Hunt also helped contribute to mapping Australia’s biodiversity with a total of 111 species being added to CSIRO’s Atlas of Living Australia and the Global Biodiversity Information Facility records.