The 2010 BioBlitz is scheduled for June 11 and 12 at the Minnesota's Department of Natural Resource's Vermillion River and Vermillion Highlands area in the southeast Minneapolis/Saint Paul metro area. Be sure to mark your calenders for this event.
Scientists and volunteers of all ages teamed up on June 12-13 from 5 p.m. Friday to 5 p.m. Saturday for BioBlitz 2009 at St. Paul’s Crosby Farm Regional Park. Their task was to identify and catalog as many species of life as possible within a 24-hour period.
A BioBlitz is not only a scientific venture, but is also fun and educational activity. Adults and children assisted professionals as "citizen scientists" or simply observed. Teams conducted inventories of insects, mammals, birds, plants, reptiles, amphibians, mussels, fungi, lichens, and fish. Presentations by scientists, naturalists, and park rangers took place throughout the event. Children received buttons for participating in various events. Some of the events were designed for the Junior Ranger program and several children received their Junior Ranger badges.
Friday evening included a night ramble at dusk for amphibians and late-flying birds. Teams also captured night-flying insects at both white light and blacklight stations, an effort that went well into the early hours of Saturday morning.