Celebrate biodiversity at the 6th annual BioBlitz, held at Illiniwek Forest Preserve from 2 p.m. on June 25 to 2 p.m. on June 26.
A BioBlitz is an intensive survey of as many species as possible within a specified area during a 24-hour period. This is a rare opportunity to join over 40 scientists and naturalists from around the region as they survey mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, plants, insects, and much more!
Friday Public Activities*
6:30 p.m. Going Native– Niabi Zoo
7:30 p.m. Birds of Prey– Iowa Raptor Center
8:30 p.m. Owl Prowl and Frog Night Hike
Dusk Bugs and Blacklight
TBA Electrofishing Demonstration
Saturday Public Activities*
9:00 a.m. Bird Hike
10:00 a.m. Turtle Collection Analysis–Mik Holgerson
10:30 a.m. Nature Hike & Insect Scavenger Hunt
11:15 a.m. Birds of Prey– Iowa Raptor Center
11:45 a.m. Acoustic Bat Detection Program and Analysis–Amber Schorg
12:15 p.m. Freshwater Mussels– Jon Duyvejonck
12:45 p.m. Native Furbearers– Ann Sullivan & Deb Kutsunis
1:15 p.m. Ferns of Iowa and Illinois– Bob Bryant
*Activities and times subject to change.
Make sure to check out the booths at base camp on Saturday, June 26th from 10:00am-2:00pm! Several groups, including Nahant Marsh, Niabi Zoo, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Guardians of the Prairie and Forest, and more will have interactive booths for all ages to enjoy!
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