Volunteer with The Nature Conservancy

BioBlitz for the Blues


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Volunteer Overview

Calling all nature enthusiasts, explorers and curious minds!

Come enjoy a fun volunteer workday to help collect invaluable ecological data on the vegetation, habitat and wildlife near the Little Blue and Blue rivers.

Join The Nature Conservancy and Heartland Conservation Alliance at TNC’s Little Blue River property and nearby areas owned by Jackson County Parks + Rec on Saturday, October 7th from 9-12pm for a BioBlitz for the Blues!

Our goal is to gather early ecological data on the vegetation, habitat, aquatic organisms, birds and other wildlife present at the site for baseline data prior to the start of restoration activities.

We will follow National Geographic BioBlitz methods powered by the iNaturalist and Seek smartphone apps for this event. Natural resource experts will be on-hand to guide the sampling efforts and assist with the identification process.

What’s a BioBlitz?

A BioBlitz is a communal citizen-science effort to record as many species within a designated location and time period as possible.

Learn more about what a BioBlitz is from this Cool Green Science story.  

Additional details:

  • No experience needed.
  • The event is open to individuals and groups who are at least 16 years of age. All volunteers will be asked to sign a liability waiver before the workday. Those under 18 must have a guardian sign.
  • Volunteers should be comfortable walking over uneven terrain and moderate physical activity including bending.
  • You will be notified about any changes due to weather, staffing, or other concerns via the email you provide at registration.
  • Heartland Conservation Alliance and The Nature Conservancy will provide all materials and guidance in using iNaturalist.
  • Please dress in long pants and wear close-toed shoes to maintain safety, and bring water.
  • If you would like to assist with in-stream sampling efforts, please dress accordingly, and consider wearing waterproof shoes, muck boots, or waders.

Please RSVP

Please RSVP so we know how many will be attending! 

In person work
Kansas City, MO
14901 E. 59th Street, Kansas City, MO 64136
Oct 07, 2023
9:00 AM-12:00 PM CT
Wes Hauser, Mitigation Strategy Manager

BioBlitz for the Blues - Part Two!

An additional BioBlitz for the Blues event will take place on Saturday, October 14th from 9-12pm at the Heartland Overlook Preserves located at 9106 Chestnut Ave, Kansas City, MO 64132.

Become a citizen scientist at the Heartland Overlook Preserve. The data collected will play a pivotal role in shaping future habitat restoration initiatives, including the removal of invasive honeysuckle and planting of native vegetation.

We'll be using National Geographic BioBlitz methods, powered by the iNaturalist and Seek smartphone apps. And don't worry if you're new to this—our team is ready to help you navigate the world of ecological data collection.

For additional details and to RSVP, visit: https://www.classy.org/event/bioblitz-for-the-blues/e464680