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BioBlitz

BioBlitz

Saturday, July 14: 7am–5pm

All ages

A BioBlitz is an ecological race to catalog as many living things as possible! Connect with the scientific process, regional experts and contribute to the understanding of the Cumming Nature Center landscape. Scientists, naturalists, teachers, and the public participate in this immersive citizen science activity by identifying, collecting, and geo-locating found species of plants and animals found on the 900 acre Cumming Nature Center preserve.  

Pack a picnic and plan to stick around for the day. There are picnic tables available and ample space in the nature center yard for blankets. 

Join in the citizen scientist fun of BioBlitz as you:

  • Embark on a hike with an expert guide to learn how field data is collected
  • Record what living things you find on data sheets or mobile apps
  • Engage with experts to identify the species you find
  • And more!

Regular Cumming Nature Center admission applies for this full day of activities and programs! Plan to add just $2 per person if  you would also like to experience limited-time exhibition Birds in Art.

 

To Wear & To Bring

To be prepared for all of the fun activities we have planned, consider the following things:

  • Dress for the weather (Raincoat if rain is forecasted and warmer clothes for the evening, etc).
  • Wear close-toed shoes such as hiking boots or sneakers
  • Some hikes may go through tall grass, so long pants are recommended 
  • Bug spray
  • Bring water to stay hydrated in the warm weather
  • Binoculars, cameras and field guides if you would like
  • Download the iNaturalist and iMapInvasives apps in advance if you would like to participate in those app-based activities

Self-Guided Activities

Story Walks
Experience the magic of the forest through story! On this self-guided hike, storybook pages are hung at stations along the trail. Complete the trail to read the whole story.

Sweep Netting
Sweep nets are specifically designed to catch insects in grassy areas. Master your sweep netting skills as we visit with our regional entomological community and discover which bugs love the Nature Center as much as we do!

Pond Dipping
Curious to learn what’s crawling around the bottom of the pond? Dip in some nets to get the inside “scoop” on who’s a’creeping and a’crawlin way down in the muck!

Hike Schedule

Saturday, July 14

Time

Theme

7–9am

Birds

8–9am

Frogs

9–10am

Trees

10–11:30am

Mushrooms

11am–12pm

Salamanders

11:30am–1pm

Macroinvertebrates

11:30am–12:30pm

Sensing Nature (For Kids!)

12–1pm

Invasive Species

12:30–2pm

Wetland Plants

12:30–2pm

Dragonflies and Damselflies

1–2:30pm

Tracks, Scats, and other Signs

1–2pm

Nature Mysteries (For Kids!)

1–2pm

Salamanders

1:30–3pm

Wildflowers

1:30–2:30pm         

Nature Journaling and Phenology

2–3:30pm

Mushrooms

2–3:30pm

Plant Wildcrafting and Conservation

2:30–4pm

Insects

3–4:30pm

Invasive Plants

3:30–5pm

Macroinvertebrates

 

Thank you to our event partners!

 

Hobart and William Smith min

Finger Lakes Institute logoFinger Lakes PRISM logoInvasive Species Advisory Committee logo


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