Annual BioBlitz Searches for Plants and Animals on Ranch Outside of Cheyenne
Laramie, WY | May 03, 2016
Biologists, the public, 24 hours and a ranch full of plants and animals. These describe the elements of the upcoming Wyoming BioBlitz, this year held June 10-12 at the Belvoir Ranch, west of Cheyenne, WY. The event is open to the public, but registration is required.
A BioBlitz is a 24 hour period in which the public team up with biologists to search for and document as many plants, animals and insects as they can find within a certain location. Last year’s BioBlitz at Heart Mountain Ranch and Preserve outside of Cody, WY and the 2014 event at Red Canyon Ranch outside of Lander, WY attracted over 150 individuals from throughout Wyoming and northern Colorado and resulted in a list of approximately 250 species found and documented. The Wyoming BioBlitz has been running each year since 2008, beginning in Shirley Basin and hosted in a different location each year.
In addition to searching for and tracking organisms, the BioBlitz offers a strong educational component. Biologists leading the activity (such as bird mist-netting or amphibian catching) describe the natural history, life cycle, identification and other fun facts about plants and animals they find. The event is highly hands-on with a diversity of activities and topics.
Participants of all ages and interests are welcome. Registration for the 2016 BioBlitz is required, and open through Wednesday, June 1. The event is free, though space is limited. Learn more at www.wyomingbiodiversity.org/bioblitz.
The event is organized by the University of Wyoming Biodiversity Institute, Audubon Rockies, The Nature Conservancy in Wyoming, the Wyoming Geographic Alliance, and the City of Cheyenne.
About the University of Wyoming’s Biodiversity Institute
The UW Biodiversity Institute fosters conservation of biodiversity through scientific discovery, creative dissemination, education and public engagement. In this setting, scientists and citizens, students and educators, come together to share a wealth of perspectives on the study and appreciation of biodiversity – from microbes to poetry and ecosystems to economics. Learn more at www.wyomingbiodiversity.org.
About Audubon Rockies
Audubon’s mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity. For more than a century, Audubon has built a legacy of conservation success by mobilizing the strength of its network of members and dedicated professional staff to connect people with nature and the power to protect it. Learn more at rockies.audubon.org.
About the Wyoming Geographic Alliance
The Wyoming Geographic Alliance was founded in 1990 as a part of the National Geographic network of state alliances. The WGA promotes a number of ongoing programs for geography educators throughout the state including summer workshops, the Giant Traveling Map, the Geography Bee and Geography Awareness Week. The mission of the Wyoming Geographic alliance is to motivate and enable each new generation of teachers and students to become geographically literate by providing teachers with quality training, programs, and instructional materials to enable them to provide students with a 21st century geographic education. Learn more at www.uwyo.edu/wga.
About the Belvoir Ranch
Located 16 miles west of Cheyenne, Belvoir Ranch and The Big Hole consist of 18,800 acres with an additional 3,400 acres of land leased from the State of Wyoming. The landscape is a rich mosaic of habitats, from rolling prairie to spectacular red rock canyon, supporting antelope, deer, elk, small mammals, and varied bird species, including golden eagles. The ranch has a wonderfully rich history involving use by Native Americans, the Union Pacific Railroad, Interstate 80, and Warren Air Force Base. Belvoir Ranch is now owned by the City of Cheyenne, one of the partners in planning the 2016 BioBlitz.
The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in more than 65 countries, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.