BioBlitz 2015 - Cody, Wyoming

June 13-14, 2015

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The 2015 BioBlitz, held this year at Heart Mountain preserve outside of Cody, 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 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.

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

 

About Heart Mountain Ranch

Heart Mountain Ranch is owned by The Nature Conservancy, one of the partners in planning the 2015 BioBlitz.  The BioBlitz will primarily use two different areas of the ranch:

1) the headquarters area near the main ranch house (Eagle Nest Creek), and

2) the mountain itself (Heart Mountain) - this area is broken into two subgroups: Heart Mountain Expedition, who will trek to the top of the mountain, and Alkalai Creek, who will explore the area around the creek near the top. 

The schedule below indicates which activities are in which area.

 

 

Register today!

Registration is open now until 4:00 pm MT on Friday, June 5.

Participants, click here to register

Organizers/activity leaders, click here to register.

Order a 2015 BioBlitz t-shirt by 4:00 pm MT on Friday, June 5!

 

HeartMountain-paintbrush.jpgCurrent Schedule (subject to change)

Friday, June 12, 2015

3:00 pm - Registration and camping check-in begins

5:00 pm - Set out pollinator traps near headquarters

6:00 pm - Potluck dinner organized by Audubon Chapters and others

9:00 pm - Bat Program

Saturday, June 13, 2015

5:45 am - Bird Survey Crew gather and leave for Cabin

6:00 am - Bird Survey near Headquarters

7:10 am - Breakfast, break and registrations

8:00 am - Welcome to the BioBlitz

8:45 am - 4:00 pm - Option 1: Heart Mountain Expedition, HME (to the actual mountain; requires 45 minute drive, all carpooling).  This option has two sub-groups: one that hikes to the top of Heart Mountain, the other that stays along Alkali Creek.

8:45 am - HME crew meets at headquarters to depart

9:00 am - HME crew departs

9:45 am - Arrive at parking areas (either Upper Kiosk for hikers, or Alkali Creek)

10:00 - 3:00 pm - Hikers survey for birds, geology, insects, plants.  Alkali Creek group explores around creek for herps, macroinvertebrates, birds, insects, plants.

3:15 pm - HME crew departs for Headquarters

4:00 pm - Arrive at Headquarters

8:45 am - 4:20 pm - Option 2: Eagle Nest Creek (ENC), near headquarters

8:45 am - ENC crew meet at Ranch House to go to Eagle Nest Creek

9:00 - 10:00 am - Fish electroshocking  /  Herps (choose 1)

10:00 - 11:00 am - Plant Walk  / Habitat Hero Youth Program (choose 1)

11:00 - 12:00 pm - Paleontology Program  /  Bear Program  (groups will switch half-way through)

12:10 - 1:10 pm - LUNCH

1:20 - 2:20 pm - Pollinator surveys (split into two groups)

2:20 - 3:20 pm - Macroinvertebrates  /  Dragonflies  (choose 1)

3:20 - 4:20 pm - Youth Activity  /  Geology  (choose 1)

1fd3ff347a1d8222481dc0768ed23d0b_f1168.jpg4:20 - 5:00 pm - Break for both crews

5:00 - 6:00 pm - DINNER

6:30 - 7:30 pm - Video at Draper Museum in Cody ("Sagebrush Sea")  /  Set out mammal traps at Cabin  /  Collect pollinator traps at headquarters

8:00 - 9:00 pm - Campfire

9:00 - 10:00 pm - Moth program

Sunday, June 14, 2015

5:45 am - Bird Survey Crew gather and leave for Cabin

6:00 am - Bird counts

7:00 am - Bird mist netting

8:30 am - Check mammal traps

10:00 am - Youth activity  /  Teacher wrap-up

11:00 am - BioBlitz wrap-up

11:30 am - All depart

 

 

Register today!

Registration is open now until 4:00 pm MT on Friday, June 5.

Participants, click here to register

Organizers/activity leaders, click here to register.

Order a 2015 BioBlitz t-shirt by 4:00 pm MT on Friday, June 5!

 

Click here to look at the schedule from the 2014 BioBlitz at Red Canyon Ranch in Lander!

© 2015 University of Wyoming Biodiversity Institute.