I heard today by email that Allen Acres will begin its bioblitz on July 21. A bioblitz is an intensive exploration and recording of a designated area’s wildlife within a given period, a popular form of citizen science. The idea is that people can gather in the area and make a sweeping survey of what they encounter, recording photographs, video and sound recordings as evidence of the presence of the wildlife and for positive identification purposes. The exploring /recording phase is generally followed by an identification phase where the observations can be peer-reviewed on iNaturalist. The process is particularly simple for smart phone users who can use their built-in camera with the app, but you can use cameras and computers too.
The process yields interesting results that are shared with scientists.
- The first event is the Saturday morning sheeting for moths commencing 5.30 am
- Mac Myers will lead a bird inventory at sunrise.
- At 9 am, David and Pat Lewis will lead the fungus inventory.
Plants, herps, mammals etc. will be checked off throughout the day.
Bette Kauffman is coming Thursday July 26 and will be checking out dragonflies and damselflies till Sat afternoon.
Dave Patton is coming with his bird, butterfly, dragonfly (and more) knowledge probably on July 28th.
Linda Auld will be there for the butterfly count which will be led by Craig Marks. We’re advised not to forget to bring your Louisiana butterfly book so Craig can sign it.