What is a BioBlitz?
This summer the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin is offering three FREE citizen-science events called “BioBlitzes.” Designed as part educational event, part scientific endeavor and part festival, our BioBlitzes will bring together scientists, volunteers, and the public to see how many species they can count in a day-long biological survey of Great Lakes State Natural Areas.
Work Side-by-Side with Wisconsin’s Top Field Ecologists
Ecologists and scientists from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Green Bay and Superior, as well as non-profit conservationists and skilled amateur naturalists will be on-hand to lead citizen-scientist teams all day.
Why hold them at state natural areas?
While a few BioBlitzes have been held in Wisconsin before, none have been held at any of Wisconsin’s 600+ State Natural Areas. These specially designated areas are considered “the best of the best” remnants of original Wisconsin landscapes. They represent a window into our past and a road map for how and why Wisconsin’s Great Lakes coastal habitat should be protected and restored now and in the future. Experience these precious lands with the scientists that help protect them.
Come for a Few Hours or Stay for the Day
Our Great Lakes BioBlitzes will run approximately twelve hours each, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Short, guided data collection trips throughout the day will include vascular and non-vascular plants, insects, aquatic invertebrates, birds, mammals, trees, herptiles and fish. Each site will include a “headquarters” tent, where scientists can set up their microscopes and examine collected specimens and members of the public can gather to go out on hourly “inventory excursions” with leaders.
Whether you have no experience or a Ph.D., the Foundation is eager to have you join one of our Great Lakes State Natural Area BioBlitzes. These family-friendly events welcome anyone with a desire to work and learn side-by-side with scientists at three of Wisconsin's premiere conservation areas.
Check back next spring when the 2012 BioBlitzes will be announced. For more information, contact David Barnhill.