On the schedule for the Bioblitz: 20 different activities in many locations, including surveys for birds, bats, fish, small mammals, herps, butterflies, bees, moths, aquatic species and plants for 24 hours straight.
48,000-acre Red Canyon Ranch near Lander, Wyoming hosted this year’s Bioblitz, sponsored by the Conservancy, Audubon Rockies, University of Wyoming Biodiversity Institute and Wyoming Native Plant Society.
During the Bioblitz, more than 100 teachers, youth and community volunteers collected and observed creatures while taking field notes and assessing the data alongside experts.
Bioblitz participants stayed up late into the night and early morning to collect data on nocturnal species like this silver hair bat.
The Bioblitz introduced teachers from around the state to new ways to inspire scientific inquiry.
A bull snake made the list of species found during the Bioblitz.
The Bioblitz offers a good baseline of data to determine best conservation strategies for ensuring healthy and productive lands and waters throughout the West.
For kids, the Bioblitz was a hands-on, interactive study of the world around them.
A swallowtail butterfly before being released.
Bioblitz participants recorded data for this Bullock’s Oriole before releasing it back into the wild.