Wyoming Bioblitz

AN ANNUAL CITIZEN SCIENCE PROGRAM RUN IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE NATURE CONSERVANCY AND AUDUBON ROCKIES


2017 BioBlitz Information and Schedule of Events

Audubon Rockies hosted the first BioBlitz in 2008. The Biodiversity Institute joined as a partner in 2014 and has been involved ever since. 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.

2017 BioBlitz at Peterson Ranch

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. We look forward to seeing you on the mountain for another year of science, education, and exploration!

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.

Route to BioBlitz off of Wyoming Blvd:

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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

Evening

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



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