Wyoming Bioblitz

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


BioBlitz FAQs

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.

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 2018 will be the Tensleep Preserve near Ten Sleep, WY. We look for areas that are in need of surveying for management purposes and 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 historically 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 22nd-24th 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 2018. Come back this Spring to sign up!

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. In addition, BioBlitz surveys may seek to answer specific research questions that land managers have posed. We will be collecting the data that make the most educational and managerial impact for our site!

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, and water proof shoes if you plan on participating in stream inventories.

14. What happens if it rains or there is bad weather?

Nature happens despite the weather. The BioBlitz will take place rain or shine. 

 

2018 BioBlitz at Tensleep Preserve

The 2018 BioBlitz, held this year at The Nature Conservancy's Tensleep Preserve outside of Ten Sleep, 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 and environmental educators join forces to identify, research applied management questions, and learn about as many local plant, insect and animal species as possible. We look forward to seeing you on the preserve for another year of science, education, and exploration!

About Tensleep Preserve

The heart of the Nature Conservancy's Tensleep Preserve is a twelve-mile stretch of Canyon Creek, slicing deeply through the southwestern flanks of the Bighorn Mountains. Ancient pictographs and Native American gathering sites reveal a long history between people and the land. The ecological richness that first attracted people here continues to attract visitors to the preserve, which is open to the public.

You can discover the magic of the Bighorn Mountain foothills  while visiting Tensleep and using the Conservancy's learning center for mealtime and classes. Explore the local geology, examine western flowers, watch for wildlife, visit ancient pictograph sites and soak in expansive views of spectacular canyon country. The preserve's tent camp provides an opportunity to enjoy the preserve's unique and remote landscapes of majestic ponderosa pine woodlands, lush cottonwood forests nestled in the bottom of deep canyons, open meadows with expansive views and spectacular canyon overlooks. View a map of the preserve here.

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