Wyoming's annual community science weekend extravaganza! | June 9th-11th 2023
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June 9th-11th 2023 | An annual community science program run in conjunction with Audubon Rockies.
The Biodiversity Institute and Audubon Rockies host an annual 24-hour BioBlitz event in which teams of scientists, teachers, volunteers, environmental educators, and community members join forces to find, identify, and learn about the local plant, insect, and animal species as possible.
Join us at the Medicine Lodge Archaeological Site this year to discover this Wyoming gem, survey wildlife, and have a blast with your family and friends! Registration closes May 26.
View the full event schedule here.
Unable to participate at the Medicine Lodge BioBlitz? No problem, you can use iNaturalist to observe species anywhere in the state of Wyoming from July 15th through the 18th.
The Wyoming BioBlitz is a free, one-of-a-kind opportunity for families, students, and all nature-lovers to learn about plants and wildlife and help scientists survey them. During this weekend-long event, participants will team up with biologists to search for and document as many plants and animals as possible at the Medicine Lodge Archaeological Site.
If you’re reading this, you probably already know how fun and exciting it is to notice new or uncommon species around you. Wyoming BioBlitz feeds that sense of curiosity and discovery by encouraging people to observe everything around them, from the moose to the millipedes. By dedicating some time to looking for new species, you’re also likely to learn about wildlife you didn’t even know about.
Wyoming BioBlitz is also a great opportunity for families to spend time together doing something out of the ordinary. No level of expertise is needed, which means family members of all ages can enjoy a weekend of exploring nature and the biodiversity in it.
Participating in Wyoming BioBlitz also contributes scientific data that are useful to scientists and conservationists working to study and protect Wyoming’s wonderful plants and wildlife.
Finally, Wyoming BioBlitz provides a hands-on opportunity to learn from experts. Participants will meet local scientists and learn how they study their subjects. Teachers can also receive two Professional Standards Teaching Board (PTSB) credits for participating.
We will be using the group area at Medicine Lodge State Archaeological Site as our registration and camping site. Camping is included with registration, however, if you require an electrical site, please check here for availability and to make a reservation. Use of an electric site will require an additional $10/day fee. For maps and other information, click here.
Running water is available but you will need to bring reusable water bottles and other containers for your water use. Bathrooms are available on-site.
Wyoming BioBlitz attendees can register for $20, with optional workshops on the afternoon of Friday, June 9. There are two workshops for adults and one for kids and families. The youth workshop is from 4-6 pm and the adult workshops will occur once from 2-4 pm and again from 4-6 pm. Participants may sign up for one or both timeslots, but space is limited, so please register with the form to the right. To keep space available for everyone, please do not register yourself for two workshops during the same time slot.
Get to Know Your Plant Families!
Plant identification can seem overwhelming, but not so much once you learn to recognize the features that distinguish plant families. This workshop will introduce participants to sets of key physical traits used by botanists for field identification of several of the largest flowering plant families in Wyoming. During the workshop participants will have the opportunity to practice and develop their family-level in-the-field identification skills. Bring a hand lens (10X) if you have one. This workshop will be taught by Dave Tank, Ben Legler, and Ernie Nelson of the UWyo Rocky Mountain Herbarium.
What Is That Bug?! An Insect Identification Workshop
Have you ever come across a bug and wondered, “What on Earth is that?!” Well, this workshop was made for you! UWyo Ph.D. Candidates (and insect enthusiasts) Meg Wilson and Mel Torres along with Scott Schell, UWyo Extension entomologist, will cover the basics of insect identification with a focus on what is and isn't an insect, how to identify common insects in Wyoming, and how to capture both aquatic and terrestrial insects. Once we finish discussing the essentials, get ready for some insect-catching fun! We will challenge our newfound identification and trapping skills to nab—and get a closer look at—Medicine Lodge's local insects.
Join Science Kids and Wyoming PBS on an adventure during this insect-catching workshop from Nature Wyoming! We will learn insect-catching techniques and how to identify what we catch. Perfect for children ages 6 to 16. This workshop will be taught by Julie Rieder and staff from Science Kids, and Matt Wright with Wyoming PBS.
We offer two Professional Standards Teaching Board (PTSB) credits for teachers participating in Wyoming BioBlitz. To receive credits, you must be a PTSB-certified teacher, sign up for the credit by contacting Dusty Downey (firstname.lastname@example.org, 504-453-4124), and participate in all activities during the event.
1. What types of surveys will there be?
The types of inventory activities will depend on the species that the scientists are trying to find and document. Different groups will look for birds, fish, plants, invertebrates, mammals, microbes, fungi, etc. Some will be land-based; others will require wading in shallow water.
2. Who can participate?
Everyone! Children can participate in inventory activities, but they must be accompanied by an adult. There will also be activities just for children. Teachers can earn 2 PTSB credits.
3. If I have a mobility issue such as using a wheelchair, can I still participate?
Yes, although many of the survey teams will be on trails that may make participation challenging.
4. What should I wear?
You will be outside and in the field, so you should dress accordingly. Layering is highly recommended to make you most comfortable. You should also bring a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen to protect you from potential sun exposure. Wear sturdy shoes if you plan on using the hiking trails.
5. What happens if it rains or there is bad weather?
Nature happens despite the weather. Wyoming BioBlitz will take place rain or shine.
Wyoming BioBlitz 2023 is co-hosted by Audubon Rockies, UW Biodiversity Institute, The Nature Conservancy in Wyoming, Wyoming State Parks, Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Wyoming Natural Diversity Database, Wyoming State Museum, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and Medicine Lodge State Archaeological Site.
Registration is $20
Audubon Rockies hosted the first BioBlitz in 2008. The Biodiversity Institute joined as a partner in 2014 and has been involved ever since. The BioBlitz is a 24-hour event in which teams of scientists, teachers, volunteers, environmental educators, and community members join forces to find, identify, and learn about as many local plant, insect, and animal species as possible.
The Annual Wyoming Bioblittz brings together scientists and the public to survey for every type of organism we can find in an area within a couple of days. The BioBlitz will be a weekend-long event in which teams of scientists, teachers, volunteers, environmental educators, and community members join forces to find, identify, and learn about as many local plant, insect, and animal species as possible.