The 2015 BioBlitz will be held this year at Heart Mountain preserve outside of Cody, Wyoming. It 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 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.
FOR TEACHERS: TWO PTSB Credits
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. Why the Heart Mountain Ranch?
The Heart Mountain Ranch is 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 we thought Cody is a great spot.
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 is on June 13-14 2015, and will run for 24 hours, from the evening on Friday to noon on Sunday.
6. How can I join the fun?
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 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.
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.