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EVENT: 2015 Simon Lake BioBlitz – Call for Volunteers

July 10, 2015 @ 12:00 pm - July 11, 2015 @ 12:00 pm

BioBlitz info graphic_emailAre you interested in learning what plants and animals are living in one of the most threatened ecosystems in the country, and how we can work together to help them thrive?

We are looking for you!

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Join naturalists and other volunteers for a fun, intense 24-hour biological “scavenger hunt” during the 2015 Simon Lake BioBlitz, which runs from noon on Friday, July 10, until noon on Saturday, July 11. The event will be held at Sheepberry Fen near Glenwood, MN. Individuals, along with youth, church and service groups, as well as science classes, are all invited to participate. Come for as long as you can, for one day or both. There will be guided survey sessions throughout the BioBlitz, an evening program and supper, and camping at Glacial Lakes State Park. Other camping and hotel accommodations are available in the area.

This event is co-sponsored by CURE, the Land Stewardship Project, and the Chippewa River Watershed ProjectFor more information, contact Peg Furshong at peg@cureriver.org or by calling 320-269-2984.

What is a BioBlitz?

This event is a follow-up to a BioBlitz that was held in the same area in July of 2014. A “BioBlitz” is a biological survey in which volunteers work with naturalists to record as many living plant and animal species as possible within a designated area and time. This survey provides a rough snapshot of the species in the area and serves as a baseline for future monitoring. Findings will be recorded on iNaturalist and will be used to provide a resource for future conservation efforts in the area.

BioBlits_2014_Photo by Brian DeVore_graphicWho can come?

Anyone can come and participate. We need as many people as possible adept at identifying species to lead small groups, but we also want to teach as many people as possible about prairie species and how to steward our grasslands. Bring your friends, your kids, your club and your neighbors. People with mobility difficulties should be aware that this is rough terrain with spartan facilities and that the event is not handicap accessible. Please be sure to RSVP either directly to Robin Moore at LSP (rmoore@landstewardshipproject.org or 320-269-2105) or through Volunteer Spot.

Why hold a BioBlitz at Simon Lake?

The Simon Lake community is a special place. Not only is it home to the quintessential and endangered prairie pothole biome, it also hosts a community of farmers and ranchers, as well as recreation, public and private landowners who have come together to protect both this amazing ecosystem and the health of their community. Carefully planned, managed grazing is part of their collective goal to rehabilitate prairie habitat for all native flora and fauna, to control invasive species, to provide rest for private grasslands, and to provide economic opportunities for graziers in the region. Read more about grazing for wildlife and grassland health on public lands in these blogs: Community Conservation and Grazing as a Public Good.

LSP, CRWP and CURE are hosting the BioBlitz here to start a long-term monitoring project that tracks the effect of managed grazing on these grasslands, as well as to teach as many new naturalists as possible about the incredible variety of native life around them.

This summer, the Simon Lake BioBlitz brought fifty people together to catalogue the biodiversity of prairie life on land managed as the Sheep Berry Fen Preserve and on adjacent land managed by a grass-fed cattle farmer.  Altogether, the volunteers noted numerous key plant/animal species catalogued to track changes in the prairie ecosystem as they emerge from both land management systems.

The 2014 Simon Lake BioBlitz brought people together to catalogue the biodiversity of prairie life on land managed as the Sheep Berry Fen Preserve and on adjacent land managed by a grass-fed cattle farmer. Altogether, the volunteers noted numerous key plant/animal species catalogued to track changes in the prairie ecosystem as they emerge from both land management systems.

BioBlitz Map

A map to the site of the 2015 Simon Lake BioBlitz is here.

Camping and Accommodations:

  • Glacial Lakes State Park, 25022 Co. Rd. 41, Starbuck, MN 56381. Reservations are accepted at this campground. A few camping spots have been reserved already for the BioBlitz, call Robin for more information.
  • Monson Lake State Park, 1690 15th St. NE, Sunburg, MN 56289. No reservations; first come, first serve.
  • Sibley State Park, 800 Sibley Park Rd. NE, New London, MN 56273. This park does accept reservations.

Download the Simon Lake BioBlitz iNaturalist App

You can sign-up for iNaturalist here.

This event was funded in part by a donation from the Glacial Lakes Environmental Trust Fund.

Details

Start:
July 10, 2015 @ 12:00 pm
End:
July 11, 2015 @ 12:00 pm
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Organizer

CURE, Land Stewardship Project, & Chippewa River Watershed Project
Phone:
320-269-2105
Email:
rmoore@landstewardshipproject.org
Website:
www.cureriver.org

Venue

Sheep Berry Fen near Simon Lake
172nd Ave
Glenwood, MN 56334
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