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BioBlitz4:00 pm Apr 20 - 4:00 pm Apr 21, 2018 2018-04-20 16:00:00 2018-04-21 16:00:00 America/Chicago BioBlitz Grab your field guides and boots and join BREC naturalists and local scientists as we document the diversity of life, or “biodiversity”, of Greenwood Community Park. This is a full 24 hour event starting on Friday and ending Saturday afternoon where experts and citizen scientists will search on land and water to find and identify as many species as humanly possible. Greenwood Community Park BREC
Greenwood Community Park
Grab your field guides and boots and join BREC naturalists and local scientists as we document the diversity of life, or "biodiversity", at Greenwood Community Park! This is a full 24 hours event starting on Friday and ending Saturday afternoon where experts and citizen scientists will search on land and water to find and identify as many species as humanly possible.
- Bioblitz Goals
- Information for Citizen Scientist and Participants
- Information for Scientists/Experts and Volunteers
- To educate about and foster appreciation for East Baton Rouge’s biodiversity with the public through hands on exploration and citizen science
- To provide valuable baseline data to BREC’s Conservation Program on the distribution of species on BREC land
- To bring attention to BREC’s conservation areas and the efforts of the Conservation Department to protect these resources for the education and enjoyment of EBR’s citizens
Day 1 – Friday, April 20, 2018
|4:00 – 6:00 pm||Set Up Base Station and Volunteer Check-in|
|6:30 – 7:30 pm||Night Hike: Nocturnal Animals/Mammals|
|7:30 – 9:30 pm||Black Lighting: Insect sampling|
Day 2 – Saturday, April21, 2018
|7:00 am – 2:30 pm||Scientist Led hikes and demonstrations|
|8:00 – 10:00 am||Kayaks available for sampling|
|2:00 – 4:00 pm||Biodiversity Fair (Vendors Tables/Mini-Zoo/Scientist Speed Sessions)|
|4:00 pm||Species Count Ceremony|
|4:00 – 6:00 pm||Break Down|
Information for Citizen Scientists and Participants
What is a Bioblitz?
A Bioblitz is an intense period of biological surveying in an attempt to record all of the living species within a designated area. Groups of scientists, naturalists and volunteers conduct an intensive field study over a continuous time period, usually 24 hours. BREC Conservation uses the Bioblitz data to focus future field surveys and gather information for our natural resource management plans. It allows us to have a better understanding of what is in our parks so we can appropriately manage and protect the land.
What if I don’t know how to identify anything?
NO PROBLEM! We still need YOUR help to survey. You can help by hiking with a phone loaded with iNaturalist, a free app that is designed to record the location you found an organism and document what you found by taking a picture. If you don’t know the name of the plant or animal just leave the ID blank and scientists will review it and identify it based on the pictures you took. OR you can join us on a guided survey hike led by an expert/scientist and help to look for whichever organism is the topic of the hike. Also, if you just want to come and see what all the fuss is about we will have a tent set up all day Saturday with specimens that have been collected by scientists so you can see the animals within the park up close and personal. During the Biodiversity Fair we will have vendors with live animals and samples from native species in Louisiana and great touch activities for kids.
Do I need to register?
Yes and No. You do not need to register if you plan to come and survey on your own or visit our Biodiversity Fair but we do ask that you register in advance for our guided hiking programs. We will be opening up registration to participants once we have our schedule finalized. If you are a scientist, volunteer or vendor please use the link in our “Information for Scientists/Experts and Volunteers Section”.
Citizen Scientists & Participant Registration Coming Soon
Bioblitz Activity Descriptions
This is a guided hike through the forest at night looking for tracks and learning about various nocturnal species, especially mammals, bats and owls.
Black lighting is when lights of various types of lights are shined at sheets to attract invertebrates for close observation. You can help to collect specimens that land on the sheets and ID them with scientists.
Guided Species Hikes
There will be multiple short educational hikes offered throughout the day Saturday to provide you with an opportunity to meet scientists and learn about various groups of species. During these hikes you are encouraged to document what you find with the iNaturalist app. See the list of specific hike topics below and be sure to register in advance using the link above.
- Reptiles and Amphibians
Scientific Demonstration will be offered showing how scientists sample, observe and monitor different species. You will have a chance to try a few out yourself and can ask scientists questions about their sampling methods.
- Bird Banding
- Invertebrate Sampling (Insect Netting and Traps/Macroinvertebrate Sampling)
The Biodiversity Fair is a period where scientists will showcase their discoveries from the day. The public are invited to see animals, plants and fungi collected from the site, interact with scientists and witness the tallying process and the photo booth. Various organizations with a biodiversity or conservation focus will be attending the biodiversity fair to share their knowledge and passion about our native flora and fauna.
Speed Sessions: this year we will have speed session during the Biodiversity Fair where scientists will have 15 minutes to tell you about their research, a specific organism or any other science topic. We will post this session schedule once it is solidified.
Select live animals from surveys will be temporarily held for kids and adults to observe. We will use a series of terrariums and aquariums to keep animals humanely for a short period of time. This will be ongoing throughout the day Saturday.
Information for Scientists/Experts and Volunteers
If you have not yet registered please do so by following the link below and indicating the manner in which you intend to participate. In addition to species teams which will be going out into the park to look for a specific group of species we also need a few people to lead the public on short guided hikes focused on your interest area. General volunteers are need to help set up our basecamp, enter data, direct particpants, etc. Last, we are looking for group, organizations or individuals interested in having a table at our Biodiversity Fair. Please contact us with any questions regarding ways you can assist the Bioblitz.
Below is a list of each component of the Bioblitz with a description to shed more light on what the event will entail.
The Bioblitz begins with a public education hike through the forest at night looking for tracks and learning about various nocturnal species, especially mammals, bats and owls. We may also set some small traps for moths, mammals and amphibians to be checked the next morning.
Black lighting is when lights of various types are shined at sheets to attract invertebrates for close observation. Black lighting will be open to the public after the night hike and will continue throughout the night for night survey teams. Lights will be set up in several locations to get species from different habitats. This is a very easy and effective way of getting a large cross section of insect biodiversity in the park.
Teams that focus on specific groups of species are at the heart of the Bioblitz. For example, the bird team will be responsible for identifying various birds by visiting different habitats throughout the park and turning in a list of what they saw to the bioblitz coordinator. Ideally, each team has one or more experts or experienced naturalists, a photographer to help document findings and a scribe to help keep a written list of species. If you would like to join a team or help coordinate your own team, please fill out our volunteer registration form. Species teams will conduct independent surveys throughout the 24 hour period of the blitz but in many cases will also offer public education hikes. All teams and volunteers are encouraged to conduct independent surveys when not leading the public education hike. Large teams can split in multiple groups to search out different areas.
Public Education Hikes
There will be multiple short educational hikes offered throughout the day to provide a structured opportunity for the public to meet scientists and learn about various groups of species. During these hikes the public will be encouraged to document what they are finding with the iNaturalist app. Hike subjects are spread throughout the day so that the public has the opportunity to explore a variety of interests and learn about a broad range of species.
A tent will be set up for scientists and conservation organizations to study and display specimens. This is also where public visitors will come to learn how to use the iNaturalist app, see live animals, plants and fungi from the park and where the Biodiversity Fair will take place. This area will be a place for visitors and inventory teams to orient around and a place where field guides, displays, information, shade and drinking water can be found. If you are interested in participating as a vendor, scientist or volunteer, please register.
The Biodiversity Fair is a period where various teams can mingle and showcase their discoveries from the day. The public are invited to see animals, plants and fungi collected from the site, interact with scientists and witness the tallying process and the photographic booth. Various organizations with a biodiversity or conservation focus will be attending the biodiversity fair to share their knowledge and passion about our native flora and fauna.
This year we are giving the public and your scientific peers another chance to learn about your research or field of study through Speed Sessions. These speed sessions will be 15 minutes long and take place during the Biodiversity Fair. We will have a corner of the tent set up with a flip chart and chairs so anyone interested and can listen in. We would like to publish the schedule in advance so please let us know if you are interested. You pick the topic, it can even be about a certain organism you find that day, can be as formal or informal as you would like. If you want to participate but don’t know your topic yet that is ok, we will still put it on the schedule to hold your place.
Select live animals from surveys will be temporarily held for kids and adults to observe. We will use a series of terrariums and aquariums to keep animals humanely for a short period of time.
This will be a booth set up to get your animal or plant photographed and documented. A photographer with designated camera will take images of various animals, plants and fungi as part of our voucher system. Vouchers are critical in providing evidence for the presence of a species at the site location.
Event Map coming soon!
List of Volunteer Jobs coming soon!
iNaturalist is an important part of the Bioblitz. iNaturalist is an app, website, database and online social network that allows you to document species and share observations with BREC and the broader naturalist community. You take pictures, collect location information and upload to the online database where the information can be viewed and discussed by a variety of naturalist and biologists. Even if you do not know a species name, if you document it using the app it can be identified at a later date by a team of scientists that monitor the app. BREC uses iNaturalist to help document species within the park system during the blitz and throughout the year. If you would like to contribute data to our Bioblitz, download the app, create an account and begin exploring the website at iNaturalist.org or visit the iNaturalist Youtube Channel. iNaturalist is compatible with Apple and Android phone and tablets.
All Ages are welcome; bring the whole family!
Free and Open to the public