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BioBlitz Fever!

posted Oct 3, 2016, 1:54 PM by Mary Waters   [ updated Oct 4, 2016, 7:35 AM ]
Did you miss the big bioblitz at Katy Prairie on Saturday?  It was great fun and produced a wealth of valuable data.  Teams, including many Gulf Coast Master Naturalists, spread out across several Katy Prairie Conservancy properties to count and log all the flora and fauna to be found.  There were bird teams, dragonfly and damselfly teams, butterfly teams and native plant teams.  There were photographers attached to each team to create photographic records, plus counts were logged on eBird and iNaturalist.  Our current Master Naturalist class had their KPC field trip at the same time and got to see a real Citizen Science project in action.  The counting started before dawn and didn’t end until after sunset.  The Katy Prairie was swarming with prairie enthusiasts!  

BioBlitz fever continues to spread across Houston this weekend.  The Great Houston Wildlife Count will take place this Saturday, October 8 and will cover Mason Park (jedaplaca@houstontx.gov), Rice University/Hermann Park (cassidyjohnson@gmail.com), Buffalo Bayou Park (shen.gcmn@gmail.com) and the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center (emanderson@houstonarboretum.org).  Click here for more information and to register.  You will have a great time and be a part of gathering valuable data about the state of Houston’s natural environment!  

Can’t get enough?  Don’t forget about the big Texas Pollinator BioBlitz that runs from October 7 - 16.  This is the first ever statewide pollinator bioblitz!  In an effort to observe and identify as many pollinators as possible, participants will look for pollinators and nectar-producing plants and post photos and/or short videos to Instagram (#SaveThe Pollinators) and/or iNaturalist (in the Texas Pollinator BioBliz project.  For more information - http://tpwd.texas.gov/education/bioblitz/

 

Get out and count!


Photo of an American Kestrel by Mary Waters

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