A 24 hour Bioblitz is set for Chadron State Park to survey its natural resources.
Amber Schiltz with the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies says it is an eye-opening experience for the volunteers who work with biologists.
“We take natural resource professionals – a lot of them are professors at Chadron State College – so that’s why it’s such a fun event,” Schiltz tells Nebraska Radio Network. “You can get your whole family out. You can learn more about ecology and wildlife, while learning from professionals.”
Last year, more than 100 people showed up for the Bioblitz. They recorded 160 different species.
Schiltz says it is important to take stock of the area’s natural resources.
“So, over time, when you gather that data, you can maybe see some cool trends, you can see what’s there and what’s not,” she says. “The second priority is getting people outside, showing them how amazing state parks are, and getting them out there and having fun.”
The Bioblitz will run Friday morning through Saturday morning and include information sessions on bighorn sheep, cougars, and wildflowers.
For additional information, contact Schiltz at firstname.lastname@example.org or 402-310-6137.
Friday’s Schedule: Fish survey, 11 a.m.-noon; Macro invertebrate survey, noon-1 p.m.; Grass and forb survey, 1-2 p.m.; Small mammal survey set up, 2-3 p.m.; Large mammal survey set-up, 3-4 p.m.; Bighorn sheep and cougar session, 5-6 p.m.; Pot luck dinner, 6-7 p.m.; Nebraska endangered species session, 7-7:45 p.m.; Nocturnal insect survey, 8-9 p.m.; Owl survey, 9 p.m.
Saturday’s Schedule: Bird survey, 7-11 a.m.; Mammal survey, 8-9 a.m.; Insect survey, 9-10 a.m.; Wildflower walk, 10-11 a.m.