Regal fritillary
Regal fritillary Platte River Prairies © Chris Helzer/TNC

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Platte Prairies Bioblitz

Nebraska

Join us on June 29th, 2019 for our first-ever Bioblitz at the Platte River Prairies.

We’ll be doing a combination of things on this Saturday!  During each of three session periods, we’ll let people break themselves into three groups. One group will walk transects (with a leader) and count butterflies seen along those transects, focusing particularly upon monarchs and regal fritillaries. A second group (with a leader) will walk those same transects and count the plant species that are currently blooming. The third group will go on an exploratory hike (of a different part of our Platte River Prairies each session) with an ecologist, and learn about prairie ecology, restoration, and management.

You don’t need to have any expertise in butterflies, plant identification or anything else. We will have people to lead each group and train others on the methods we’re using. It should be a great opportunity to learn and have fun. And if you don’t want to collect data, just come and go on the prairie hikes to enjoy what should be a very pretty time of year in the prairies.

If you intend to come, please RSVP to Mardell Jasnowski at mjasnowski@tnc.org or 402-694-4191. If you do happen to have particular expertise in butterflies or plant identification, please let her know if you’d be willing to play a leadership role, if needed. Bring drinking water, sunscreen, a lunch, and whatever else you need for a day in the prairie. We will provide refills for your drinks, as well as some light snacks.

schedule for the day

  • 9:30 a.m. – introduction to the day
  • 10 a.m. – first session
  • 11:30 a.m. – lunch (bring your own – we’ll provide refills of water/other drinks and snacks)
  • 12:15 p.m. – second session
  • 1:45 p.m. – break
  • 2 p.m. – third session
  • 3:30 p.m. – done!