Wyoming Bioblitz

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


The Biodiversity Institute, Audubon Rockies and the Nature Conservancy host an annual 24-hour Bioblitz 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.

The Annual Wyoming BioBlitz

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. 

The Annual Wyoming BioBlitz is Co-hosted by Audubon Rockies, The Nature Conservancy and the UW Biodiversity Institute.

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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!

Learn more!

2017 BioBlitz Information and Schedule of Events

2017 BioBlitz Registration

Credits for Teachers


FAQs

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. 

 

Credit

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 (ddowney@audubon.org, 504-453-4139), and participate in all activities during the BioBlitz.  For more information, contact PTSB credit coordinator Dusty Downey.

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Mission

The Annual Wyoming Bioblittz brings 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.