2016 BioBlitz at Coldwater Spring

People gathered around a table under a tent.

What is a BioBlitz?

Part contest, part festival, part educational event and part scientific endeavor, Minnesota BioBlitz brings together scientists, enthusiasts, and the curious from across the state to document as much life in an area as possible in a 24-hour period. Scientists and their teams document birds, mammals, insects, fungi, plants and other forms of life. While the BioBlitz runs for 24 hours, you don't have to. Just show up and stay as long as you want and you don't have to be a scientist to participate!

What Would I be Doing?

Participants and volunteers of all ages and skill levels can take part and may even work along with our scientists and park rangers to identify birds, go on hikes, catch insects, and other fun activities. Don't want to collect bugs, but just observe? Come and participate in one of our short hikes and learn about birds, insects, and other forms of life.

Schedule of Public Events

Friday, July 15, 2016

  • 5:00 pm to Dusk: Scientists set up and begin surveying

  • 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm: Ranger on Site

  • 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm: Mist Netting for Birds

  • 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm: Mini Sit - Bird Identification

  • 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm: Bird Walk

  • 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm: Evening Insect Collecting

Site closes to the public at 11:00 pm.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

  • 5:30 am to 5:00 pm: Ranger on Site

  • 6:00 am to 10:00 am: Mini Sit - Bird Identification

  • 6:00 am to 12:00 pm: Mist Netting for Birds

  • 7:00 am to 8:00 am: Bird Walk

  • 7:00 am to 8:00 am: Coldwater History Walk

  • 8:00 am to 2:00 pm: Meet a Centennial Volunteer Ambassador

  • 9:00 am to 10:00 am: Mussel Survey

  • 9:00 am to 10:00 am: Fungi Survey

  • 9:00 am to 12:00 pm: Invasive Species With a Park Ranger

  • 10:00 am to 11:00 am: Plant Survey

  • 10:30 am to 11:30 am: Dragonfly Survey and Hike

  • 11:00 am to 12:00 pm: Insect Walk

  • 11:00 am to 12:00 pm: Plant Survey

  • 11:00 am to 12:00 pm: Seine Coldwater Pond

  • 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm: Coldwater History Walk

  • 12:30 pm to 1:15: pm: Macro Invertebrate Survey

  • 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm: Fossil Tour

  • 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm: Species Identification and Number Countdown

Site closes at its usual time of 10:00 pm.

How Do I Get Involved?

You only need to show up and tell a ranger that you want to help and what your interests are!

  • Location: Coldwater Spring, 5601 Minnehaha Park Drive South, Minneapolis, MN (Parking is available at Coldwater Spring (free) or at meters on the access road.)

  • Time: BioBlitz starts on Friday, July 15 at 5:00 p.m. and runs to Saturday July 16 at 5:00 p.m.

  • Fee: Free, no reservations are needed

  • Contact: Nancy Duncan at 651-293-8434 if you have questions.

What to Bring

  • Water

  • Hat

  • Sunblock

  • Insect repellent

  • Binoculars

  • Shoes should cover the toe. You may be walking on uneven ground.

  • You may want to bring a favorite field guide.

  • We supply nets and other equipment.

BioBlitz sponsors include the National Park Service, Mississippi Park Connection, and the Bell Museum of Natural History.

Last updated: July 21, 2017

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111 E. Kellogg Blvd., Suite 105
Saint Paul, MN 55101


(651) 293-0200
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