Citizen scientists from young to old will have the opportunity this Friday and Saturday to work side by side with local natural resources experts to learn about plant and wildlife at Chadron State Park.
The second annual Chadron State Park Bioblitz, hosted by Bird Conservancy of the Rockies in collaboration with Chadron State College and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, will run from 11 a.m. Friday to noon Saturday and is free to the public.
The Bioblitz is designed to identify as many plant and animal species as possible within a designated area. Participants will use the park’s community building as headquarters for the event where they can check out equipment and maps, and get updated counts of the species identified.
Activities will take place throughout the park and will feature several sessions focused on educating the public on topics of local flora and fauna including fish surveys, plant surveys, insect surveys, and owl surveys.
In addition a special topic session of bighorn sheep and mountain lion talk will take place Friday at 5 p.m., and a potluck dinner at 6 p.m. behind the community building will offer the opportunity for participants to have dinner with many of the experts. Visitors are encouraged to bring a dish.
According to Amber Schiltz, Nebraska Wildlife Education Coordinator, the previous year’s show had around 100 participants including Chadron State College students, children of all ages, and general outdoor enthusiasts.
“It’s a great chance for children and families to spend some time outside while learning more about the plants and animals in the area,” said Schiltz.
Attendees will need to have a park sticker which can be purchased in the central office if needed. Participation is open to any who are interested and can be attended in full or in part.
For further information, contact Amber Schiltz at email@example.com or at 402-310-6137.