The 2016 BioBlitz, held this year at the Belvoir Ranch outside of Cheyenne, 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. The 2015 BioBlitz was held at Heart Mountain Ranch Preserve outside of Cody; the 2014 BioBlitz was held at the Red Canyon Ranch outside of Lander.
Check out this video describing the 2015 BioBlitz outside of Cody, Wyoming!
Located 16 miles west of Cheyenne, Belvoir Ranch and The Big Hole consist of 18,800 acres with an additional 3,400 acres of land leased from the State of Wyoming. The landscape is a rich mosaic of habitats, from rolling prairie to spectacular red rock canyon, supporting antelope, deer, elk, small mammals, and varied bird species, including golden eagles. The ranch has a wonderfully rich history involving use by Native Americans, the Union Pacific Railroad, Interstate 80, and Warren Air Force Base. Belvoir Ranch is now owned by the City of Cheyenne, one of the partners in planning the 2016 BioBlitz.
Route to BioBlitz off of Interstate 80:
Registration is free and open to the public. Registration opens on Monday, May 2 - click here to request to be added to the email list.
We offer two (2) Professional Standards Teaching Board (PTSB) credit for teachers and one (1) UW graduate credit for participating in the BioBlitz.
Receiving PTSB credit requires you to be a PTSB-certified teacher, sign up for the credit by contacting Jacelyn Downey (email@example.com, 504-453-4139), and participate in all activities during the BioBlitz. For more information, contact PTSB credit coordinator Jacelyn Downey.
Receiving UW credit requires you be a UW graduate student, sign up for the course (ECOL 5620-01, CRN 31617), pay course fees, and complete the required activities and work. For more information, contact instructor Dorothy Tuthill (firstname.lastname@example.org, 307-766-6279).
For times when multiple activities are occurring, participants will switch groups to be able to participate in multiple activities.
Friday, June 10
3:00-7:00 pm - Registration
3:00-7:00 pm - GeoCaching
6:00-7:00 pm - Dinner on your own
7:00-8:00 pm - Keynote Presentation by Dennis Knight, professor emeritus of Botany at University of Wyoming and author of Mountains and Plains: The Ecology of Wyoming Landscapes
Saturday, June 11
6:00-9:00 am - Registration
6:00-8:00 am - Bird Survey
8:00-8:30 am - BioBlitz Welcome
Morning: Pond and Homestead Area
9:00-10:30 am - Macroinvertebrates | Herps
10:30-12:00 pm - Grasses | Wildflowers | Pollinators | Birds
12:00-1:00 pm - Lunch and History Presentation
Afternoon: Canyon Area
1:00-2:30 pm - Macroinvertebrates | Herps
2:30-4:00 pm - Wildflowers | Pollinators | Birds
5:00-6:00 pm - Chuckwagon Style Dinner ($10/participant, Grilled hamburgers, baked beans, mac & cheese, brownies, cookies, tea, lemonade)
6:30-8:00 pm - Mammal Talk and Set Mammal Traps
6:30-8:00 pm - Campfire-Share and Review of the Day
9:00-10:00 pm - Astronomy
Sunday, June 12
6:00-8:00 am - Bird Counts | Check Mammal Traps
8:00-10:00 am - Bird Mist Netting
11:00 am - Teacher and Grad Student Wrap-up
12:00 pm - BioBlitz Wrap-up
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