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Help us Monitor Nocturnal Animals at a Mini-BioBlitz

Written by Ethan Bott
    Monday, 08 July 2019
Community scientists searching for fireflies at Riverside Park. Community scientists searching for fireflies at Riverside Park.

Bring your friends and family and help us count and document the different animal species in the parks we manage this summer during our Mini-BioBlitzes.

Before we get any further, what the heck is a BioBlitz? Well, a BioBlitz is typically a 24-hour event that focuses on finding and identifying as many species of plants, animals, fungi, and any others organisms as possible in one area. The goal is to create a snapshot in time of everything that is present.

Experience the nocturnal biodiversity and ecological richness of the natural areas around our three branches during a 2-hour Mini-BioBlitz on July 22nd at Washington Park, August 19th at Riverside Park and August 21st at Menomonee Valley.

Everyone is welcome! Bring your friends, family and curiosity.

You'll help monitor the fireflies, frogs, and bats using your eyes, ears, and special technology researchers use. With 12 frog species and 8 bat species having been observed in Wisconsin, there is plenty to learn about, and with over 2,000 species of fireflies from around the world, we are still discovering what we have here in Wisconsin. We will start each evening with a brief introduction about the species we will be monitoring as well as about the beauty and wonders of these nocturnal creatures!

Community scientists participating in a bat survey at Menomonee Valley.

Community scientists participating in a bat survey at Menomonee Valley.

The idea behind BioBlitzes originated when the rainforests in the Amazon were being clear cut at an astronomical rate. Scientists from around the world became alarmed by the sheer speed of destruction, so they collaborated to bring in experts on a wide variety of taxa to travel to the Amazon’s rainforest to document and record as many species as possible before it would be destroyed forever.

Make sure you don’t let this summer fill up with lazy nights – come on out and join us for this year’s Mini-BioBlitzes!

Discover new animals at a Mini-BioBlitz!

Photo Credit: Diane Rychlinksi
Ethan Bott

Ethan Bott

Ethan Bott is the GIS and Field Data Coordinator for all three branches and is a part of the Research and Community Science Team.  He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point studying Hydrology and GIS. Ethan has been a longtime volunteer, a high school Outdoor Leader, a summer intern, and now he is part of the staff! When he’s not busy crunching numbers or making maps, you will find him backpacking, kayaking, skiing, fishing or doing any number of fun activities outside. He hopes to make ecology and conservation a true community effort where the people doing the science are just as diverse as the subjects being researched.

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