The 2017 BioBlitz, held this year at The Nature Conservancy's Peterson Ranch outside of Casper, Wyoming, will bring together scientists and the public to survey for every type of organism we can find in an area within a couple of days. The BioBlitz will be a weekend-long event in which teams of scientists, teachers, volunteers, environmental educators, and community members join forces to find, identify, and learn about as many local plant, insect and animal species as possible.
About Peterson Ranch
Peterson Ranch is located two miles south of Casper, Wyoming. The ranch is owned by The Nature Conservancy and consists of approximately 1,872 acres of deeded land. The land was donated to the Conservancy in 2014 by the Gibson Peterson Estate and is protected by a conservation easement. Peterson Ranch lies at the northern base of Casper Mountain beginning in the ponderosa pines on the upper slopes and running down in elevation to plains and grasslands intersected by three riparian drainages. Habitat found on the property includes pine woodlands, riparian woodlands, mesic shrublands, dry shrublands, and meadows.
Registration for Bioblitz 2017 Coming Soon!
We offer two (2) Professional Standards Teaching Board (PTSB) credits for teachers participating in the BioBlitz.
Receiving PTSB credit requires you to be a PTSB-certified teacher, sign up for the credit by contacting Dusty Downey (firstname.lastname@example.org, 504-453-4139), and participate in all activities during the BioBlitz. For more information, contact PTSB credit coordinator Dusty Downey.
Schedule of Events
For times when multiple activities are occurring, participants will switch groups to be able to participate in multiple activities.
Friday, June 23
3:00-7:00 pm - Registration
3:00-7:00 pm - Art activity
6:00-7:00 pm - Dinner on your own
7:00-8:00 pm - Keynote Presentation- TBA
Saturday, June 24
6:00-9:00 am - Registration
6:00-8:00 am - Bird Survey
8:00-8:30 am - BioBlitz Welcome
Morning: Pond and Stream Area
9:00-10:30 am - Macroinvertebrates | Herps
10:30-12:00 pm - Grasses | Wildflowers | Pollinators | Birds
12:00-1:00 pm - Lunch at Cabin Area
Afternoon: Location TBD
1:00-2:30 pm - Macroinvertebrates | Herps
2:30-4:00 pm - Wildflowers | Pollinators | Birds
5:00-6:00 pm - Group Meal
5:00-6:00 pm - Dinner presentation TBD
6:30-8:00 pm - Set Mammal Traps?
6:30-8:00 pm - Campfire-Share and Review of the Day
9:00-10:00 pm - Astronomy
Sunday, June 25
6:00-8:00 am - Bird Counts | Mammal Talk and Check Mammal Traps
8:00-10:00 am - Bird Mist Netting
10:00-11:00 am - Missile Site Fieldtrip | Children's Activity | WyoBio Data Digs
11:00 am - BioBlitz Wrap-up
11:30 am - Teacher and Grad Student Wrap-up
Audubon Rockies hosted the first BioBlitz in 2008. Since then more than 800 people have attended this amazing event, and we have added to additional partners to help us out. The BioBlitz is a 24-hour event in which teams of scientists, teachers, volunteers, environmental educators, and community members join forces to find, identify, and learn about as many local plant, insect and animal species as possible. 2 PTSB credit is available for teachers. The 2016 BioBlitz was held at the Belvoir Ranch outside of Cheyenne, the 2015 BioBlitz was held at the Heart Mountain Ranch outside of Cody, and the 2014 Bioblitz was held at Red Canyon Ranch outside of Lander. We look forward to seeing you on the mountain for another year of science, education, and exploration!
Co-hosted by Audubon Rockies, The Nature Conservancy and the UW Biodiversity Institute.
Audubon feels that the Bio Blitz event can be used as a pathway to improving science education through teachers' experiences in scientific inquiry. The data collected will then be translated by our Community Naturalists during a forum on the last day which will help the teachers bring the collected information into the classroom and dictate it in a way that is best absorbed by their students.
An important aspect of the Bio Blitz is the field research experience, whereby teachers participate in finding, identifying, and documenting as many species as possible during a two day period this summer. We believe this project represents the leading edge of scientific inquiry and investigation, and we are excited to include the K-12 teacher as integral part of the science team. Two PTSB Credits are available. For more information, go to rockies.audubon.org, or contact Dusty Downey at 307-756-3941 or via email at email@example.com.
1. What is a BioBlitz?
A BioBlitz is a 24-hour event in which volunteer scientists, families, students, teachers and other community members come together to find and identify as many species of plants, animals, microbes, fungi, and other organisms as possible. Teachers even receive 2 PTSB Credits for joining!
2. Where is it?
The location for 2016 will be the Belvoir Ranch near Cheyenne, WY. More information to Come We look for areas that are notably rich in biological diversity because of the broad spectrum of habitats and unique geology within. Audubon Rockies has surveyed other areas of the state including near Saratoga, Lander, Shirley Basin, Pinedale, and Sheridan, and Cody.
3. How many people are expected to participate in BioBlitz?
We currently have more than 20 scientists signed up to participate in BioBlitz, many of whom will lead inventory teams, or species-specific searches. In previous years about 100 people attend our bioblitz.
5. When is the BioBlitz?
The BioBlitz will be June 10th-12th and will run for 24 hours, from the evening on Friday to noon on Sunday.
6. How can I join the fun?
Registration is not yet available for 2016
8. What types of inventory activities will be available?
The types of inventory activities will depend on the species that the scientists are trying to find and document. Different groups will look for birds, fish, plants, invertebrates, mammals, microbes, fungi, etc. Some will be land-based, others require wading in shallow water.
9. What are you expecting to find?
While BioBlitz is primarily an inventory of known species in a geographic area, we will also be exploring for new species too. At previous BioBlitzes, new species were added to Wyoming rosters
10. What is the cost to participate in BioBlitz and the Biodiversity Festival?
All BioBlitz activities are free and open to the public.
11. Who can participate?
Everyone! Children can participate in the free BioBlitz inventory activities, but they must be accompanied by an adult. There will also be activities just for children. Teachers can earn 2 PTSB credits.
12. If I have a mobility issue such as using a wheelchair, can I still participate?
Yes, although many of the inventory teams will be on trails that may make participation challenging.
13. What should I wear?
You will be outside and in the field, so you should dress accordingly. Layering is highly recommended to make you most comfortable. You should also bring a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen to protect you from potential sun exposure. Wear sturdy shoes if you plan on using the hiking trails.
14. What happens if it rains or there is bad weather?
Nature happens despite the weather. The BioBlitz will take place rain or shine.