BioBlitz 2017

Nature lovers, naturalists, children—anyone interested in our local flora, fauna, and biodiversity—Join us for this fun family-friendly event!

Saturday & Sunday August 19 & 20, 2017

Live animal presentations, bird walks, and more!

Where: Winnakee Nature Preserve
(105-acre Nature Preserve)
4204 Albany Post Road
Hyde Park, NY

REGISTER HERE

Schedule of Events:

  • 8:00 a.m. – Early morning bird walk – led by bird experts from the Waterman Bird CluboGathering for orientation and departing from Home Base tent.
  • ~1.5-3 hours depending on group dynamics and species encountered
  • 9:00 a.m. – Morning field session Invasive Plant Survey – led by expert naturalists from across theregionoGathering for orientation and departing from Home Base tent.
  • ~2-3+ hours – there will be two trail loops set up within the Preserve.▪One is ~1.1 miles, the other ~1.4 miles. Fairly easy and even.
  • Most surveys will monitor one of the loops
  • Returning to Home Base by 11:30 a.m.
  • 11:00a.m. – 1: 00 p.m . Wildlife displays at the Home Base tent.oSaturday: Turtles Back – live wildlife displays by wildlife rehabilitator Pam Meier from CT
  • Sunday: Ravensbeard Wildlife Center – live raptor display by Ellen Kalish
  • Bring a lunch; snacks and beverages will be provided
  • 1:00 p.m. – Afternoon field survey session – Invasive Plant Survey – let by expert naturalists fromacross the regionoGathering for orientation and departing from Home Base tent.
  • ~2-3 hours – there are two trail loops set up within the Preserve.▪One is ~1.1 miles, the other ~1.4 miles. Fairly easy and even.
  • Most surveys will monitor one of the loops
  • Returning to Home Base by 3:30 p.m.

What to Bring:

  • Sturdy shoes or hiking boots
  • Light colored, long-sleeved shirts and pants with socks (to tuck pants into) — great tick barrier
  • Insect repellent
  • Lunch and water bottle (we’ll provide snacks and beverages)
  • Smartphone (well charged); please visit: inaturalist.org to find out how to:oDownload and install the (free) app:▪iPhone: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/inaturalist/id421397028?mt=8
  • Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.inaturalist.android&hl=en
  • We ask folks to install, set up an account and become familiar with the software, beforearriving. (see attached “Intro to iNaturalist material for tutorials and guides)
  • Please leave Fluffy and Fido at home (I’m sure they’ll understand and you can make it up to them).
  • Please arrive a few minutes early for all events, to park and get your bearings.
  • Hikes in the preserve are fairly easy; a few small hills and wide, well maintained trails,
  • Binoculars for those interested in joining the morning Bird Walks

Regional bird experts from the Waterman Bird Club will start each day with an early morning bird walk. Teams of some of our best local naturalists will lead groups on morning and afternoon surveys to locate and identify invasive plant species as well as other features, within the Preserve. This day designed for families and other outdoor enthusiasts will include visits from local wildlife experts, who will bring live examples of our winged, rooted, slithering, web-footed, and hard-shelled neighbors along to visit. Attendees are asked to bring a lunch; snacks and beverages will be provided. Prizes will be awarded for best photos (Child\Adult) and children under 12 will be awarded prizes for participating.

Participation in this non-smoking event is free, though advanced registration is required. Because of the wildlife present, please leave pets at home.

After your registration is complete, details about the day, the preserve, the trails, the plants and animals you’ll be likely to see, what to bring and a detailed schedule of events will be emailed to you.

This event is brought to you by:

       

Some Interesting Links:

 Real-time, Google Trails Map

 Winnakee Educational Arboretum

 Winnakee Educational Arboretum Booklet

 Onsite Pod-Cast Trails Tour (smart-phone with QR reader)

(can listen to the 6 recordings from your PC)

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