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  • Starting Wednesday July 23rd Expect Road Closures

    July 23rd, Prosper Trail, North Slope & Middle Pass Trails - west side of the park CLOSED for forestry operations. McKenzie Farm Trail & McKenzie Rd will remain open for access between Prosper Parking Lot and the Pogue. CAUTION Heavy Equipment in use!

BioBlitz

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July 19, 2014
7:00am - Sunset
Part Scientific endeavor, part festival, and part education, the BioBlitz will bring together leading scientists, naturalists, and community members of all ages to find and document as many species as possible in one day at the park. Step outside with us and become part of a growing network of "citizen scientists". Curiosity required, no experience necessary! All activities begin at the Forest Center. Call 802/457-3368 x22 for more information.

Connect to the iNaturalist Vermont Atlas of Life to create an iNaturalist account to use during your BioBlitz adventure at the Park.

Schedule of Events

Whether you join one of the survey events below or strike out on your own, there are hundreds of species of plants and animals for us to discover in the park. No experience necessary! Come to the BioBlitz headquarters at the Forest Center and learn how to use iNaturalist, eBird or eButterfly and check out the live species tally and map on the wall as observers like you discover the park's biodiversity!

Note: Plan on about a half an hour of walking time to get to or from the Pogue.


7-9am Birds
(meet at the Forest Center) Leaders: Kent McFarland, Vermont Center for Ecostudies and Kyle Jones, Ecologist, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP.


9-11am Trees
(meet at Forest Center and end at Pogue) Scott Davison, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP Ranger.


10-11am General Botany
(meet at Forest Center) with Charlie Hohn, Ecologist and iNaturalist Guru.


10-12pm Butterflies
(meet at Pogue) with Kent McFarland, Director of Vermont Butterfly Survey and e-Butterfly.org


10-11am Insect Traps
(meet at the Forest Center) with State Entomologist Alan Graham.


10-11:30am Jr.Ranger Program
(meet at Forest Center) with Park Intern Carmen Bango


11pm Dragonflies
(meet at the Pogue) with Mike Blust, Prof. Emeritus Green Mountain College.


11-1pm Bring Your Own Lunch
and join us either at the Forest Center, or with the Dragonfly group at the Pogue


12pm Aquatic Invertebrates
(meet at Forest Center) with Alan Graham.


1-2pm Bumble Bees
(meet at Forest Center) with Sara Zahendra, VT Center for Ecostudies Biologist.


1-2:30pm Jr.Ranger Program
(meet at Forest Center) with Park Intern Carmen Bango


2-3pm Ferns
(meet at Forest Center) with Kyle Jones


3-5pm Butterflies
(meet at the Forest Center) with Kent McFarland


4-5pm Wildflowers
(meet at Forest Center) with Julia Lynam, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP Ranger.


8-10pm Moths Under the Lights
(at the Forest Center) with Kent McFarland and Kyle Jones.

Watch the biodiversity tally live on our iNaturalist BioBlitz page and add your observations too!

http://www.inaturalist.org/projects/mbrnhp-bioblitz-2014

 

Did You Know?

Sunlight filters through white clouds and dark thunderheads to illuminate green-forested slopes and snow-covered mountains. NPS Photo.

Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP has nearly 400 paintings and prints, including Hudson River School landscapes of places that are now national parks. You can see paintings by Thomas Cole, David Johnson, and Albert Bierstadt of features from Yosemite, Golden Gate, and Grand Teton.