BioBlitz

BioBlitz

June 25 – July 1, 2023

8:00 A.M. – 8:00 P.M.

Indian Creek Nature Center Grounds and Trails

No registration required.

Become a citizen scientist!

Discover unexpected animal and plant species hiding in our woodlands, prairies and wetlands.

Sunday, June 25 – Cedar Overlook and Woodland Trails

Monday, June 26 – Cedar Rapids, Stimple and Christiansen prairies

Tuesday, June 27 – Wood Duck Way

Wednesday, June 28 – Penningroth Barn

Thursday, June 29 – Věčný Woods

Friday, June 30 – Bena Prairie and Floodplain

Saturday, July 1 – Lynch Wetland

Details to be announced soon.

Stay tuned …

What will you discover in a BioBlitz?

Indian Creek Nature Center is hosting our first ever BioBlitz June 25 – July 1 as part of our yearlong celebration of our 50th anniversary.

Bring your family and friends and join the nature center and scientific professionals as a citizen scientist in recording biodiversity across Indian Creek Nature Center’s grounds and trails.

Help us to observe as many species as possible during the final week of June. This information will be extremely beneficial to the Nature Center as it will support education and land management decisions.

This event is free and open to all. Guided hikes will be available.

If citizen scientists wish to search for biodiversity off trail, please dress appropriately and, as much as possible, not disrupt the environment.

What’s a BioBlitz?

A BioBlitz is a survey involving the community in efforts to document as many living things as possible in a certain area.

We are asking you to use the iNaturalist app to log all of your observations. The iNaturalist app can be found, free of charge, in the Apple App Store and in the Google Play Store.

How To BioBlitz

  1. Download the free iNaturalist app from Google Play or the App Store
  2. Come to Indian Creek Nature Center between 8AM and 8PM
  3. Check with staff to learn what area of the grounds is being ‘Blitzed’ that day, or wandering on your own is always welcome
  4. Record your observations using iNaturalist
  5. That’s it! You can observe as few, or as many, days as you’d like. Every observation helps to better inform future land management decisions.