BioBlitz

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July 11, 2015
7:00am - Sunset
Part Scientific endeavor, part festival, and part education, the BioBlitz event will bring together teams of volunteer citizen scientists, families, students, teachers and other community members of all ages to find and identify as many species of plants, animals, fungi, and other organisms 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! People of all ages and skill levels are welcome. Bring your smart phone if you want to learn how to use the iNaturalist app to log your discoveries. Bring a camera, binoculars, magnifying glasses, butterfly nets, or gardening gloves if you like. Come to the BioBlitz headquarters at the park's Forest Center anytime between 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Call 802/457-3368 x17 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.

 
 
MABI Map to Forest Center

General park map showing Forest Center and Parking

 

Scheduled BioBlitz Habitat Explorations - All start at the “BioBlitz Headquarters” at the park’s Forest Center
Guided walks to explore different habitats leave from the Forest Center. Come for one, or come for all! Join in a friendly competition to see what team can find the most species. Habitat explorers should come dressed for hiking and bring a snack and water. Teams will add observations to a real-time online website and can watch live updates using the citizen science app as teams find more and more species!

  • 7 – 9 a.m. Birds. The park is home to over 140 species. How many can we find in one day?
  • 9 –11 a.m. RockWalls. Explore old stone walls and help document every living thing we find among these historic features.
  • 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Streams. From salamanders to water striders, the park’s waterways have a rich diversity of life. Help explore and document the biodiversity of these clear mountain streams.
  • 12 –1 p.m. Lunch. Bring your own picnic lunch and join us at the Forest Center.
  • 1 – 3 p.m. Old Logs. Join us to discover what is hidden within and beneath old logs on the forest floor. From fungi to invertebrates or even a salamander, we’ll find and document them.
  • 1 – 4 p.m. Mega-Transect. Join us as we walk across the entire park documenting everything that is found – from trees to bees and everything between. This will be a rigorous hike full of discovery.
  • 2 – 4 p.m. Pogue Pond. Using nets, buckets and our cameras, help document the life in the waters of this historic pond.
  • 3 – 5 p.m. Trees, Snags, and Trunks. There’s a lot of life living on both living and dead trees. We’ll explore and photo-document all of it. From insects to lichens and more, how many species can we find living on a tree?

On-going activities at BioBlitz Headquarters at the Forest Center:

  • Summer Junior Ranger Adventure (ages 6-12) – Join a Junior Ranger Habitat Discovery Program from 10 – 11:30 a.m. This hands-on program will help children explore the diversity of the Park’s habitats and creatures. Participants will earn a Summer Junior Ranger Badge and special BioBlitz Junior Ranger prize! Or pick up a self-directed Junior Ranger discovery quest at any time.
  • iNaturalist app and web site orientation and assistance.
  • See amazing insects and other critters up close as experts work to determine their identification.

Check out the BioBlitz Dance Challenge!

Parking for the event is at the overflow parking at Billings Farm & Museum. For more information contact Jo Anne Dolan at 802-457-3368 x 17 or Jo_Anne_Dolan@nps.gov.

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