MMN's Prairie Day & MPF’s 10th Annual Prairie BioBlitz June 1 & 2, 2019
You are invited to a free weekend of fun and learning at this Prairie Day and 10th Annual Prairie Bioblitz to be held at Dr. Wayne Morton's prairie near Cole Camp, MO on June 1 and 2, 2019. Watch a flintknapper at work, try your hand at the atlatl, and learn from other artisans. Join biologists on the prairie and learn about prairie plants, soils, birds, insects, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and more! The weekend will also feature a potluck dinner with wild game samples, free tent camping, and nocturnal insect observations & star gazing. Activities continue through early afternoon on Sunday. Stay for a few hours or the whole weekend!
The Hi Lonesome Chapter of Missouri Master Naturalists is organizing the Prairie Day portion of the weekend, and the Missouri Prairie Foundation is organizing the 10th Anniversary Prairie BioBlitz portion of the weekend. This event is free of charge, and an interest in nature and prairie history is all that is required to attend. Scroll down for the full schedule of events. No registration necessary for the Prairie Day events, but registration is required for the Prairie BioBlitz events. Scroll down for Prairie BioBlitz registration.
Directions: Cole Camp is approximately 20 miles south of Sedalia. To reach Dr. Wayne Morton’s prairie from Cole Camp, take Hwy. 52 west and go 0.75 mile west. Turn north on Klink Road (gravel) at the propane distributor. Go 1.5 miles and turn west (left) on Hi Lonesome Road. Go 0.5 mile to a gate on the south side of the road. Watch for signs and the big tent. Park along the road.
What MPF provides: a big tent for gathering and eating under, chairs, tables, and portable toilets.
What you should bring: tent camping supplies, outdoor clothing, sunscreen, insect repellent/tick protection, flashlight, drinking water, plates, utensils, a dish to share at the potluck dinner and a cooler to keep it in if it is perishable. You may also want to bring food for breakfast on June 2 and snacks, as well as field guides and a camera. Tip: rubber boots are nice for shielding against morning dew. In order to avoid disruption of the flora and fauna being studied, we ask that you leave your pets at home. This event will take place rain or shine.
Saturday, June 1, 2019:
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Prairie Day demonstrations, informational booths, and artisans, including live reptiles, edible bugs, Dutch oven cooking. No registration required.
2:00 p.m. Prairie BioBlitz activities begin with an introduction to the prairie property from Dr. Wayne Morton
2:15 p.m. - 3:45 (concurrent field study groups--register for one during this time period):
Butterflies with Phil Koenig, naturalist and lepidopterist. No max. (repeated on Sunday, 11 a.m. at MPF’s Friendly Prairie. 9.5 miles to the northwest)
Native pollinators & other insects with Dr. James Trager and/or other insect specialists. 20 max
Quarter-meter Square Botany with Brett Budach, NatureCITE. Learn how and why botanists use this method to identity and study plants to determine plant diversity on prairies. 20 max (repeated at 4:00 p.m.)
Prairie Ecology (soils, geology, plant and animal interactions) with Mike Leahy, Natural Community Ecologist, Missouri Department of Conservation. 30 max (repeated on Sunday a.m.)
Amphibians and Reptiles with John Miller. 25 max
4:00 p.m.-5:15 p.m. (concurrent field study groups. Register for one during this time period)
Ants with Dr. James Trager, Biologist and ant expert, Shaw Nature Reserve. 15 max
Introduction to small mammals and setting out traps with Dr. Sean Maher, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Missouri State University. 10 max.
Quarter-meter Square Botany with Brett Budach, NatureCite. Learn how and why botanists use this method to identity and study plants to determine plant diversity on prairies. 20 max
Bryophytes with Nels Holmgren. No max.
5:15 to 6:00 p.m. Relaxation under the big tent; visit Prairie Day information booths; sharing of field study reports from afternoon
6:00 p.m. dinner — potluck, with dishes contributed by all participants, and wild game samples cooked on site by MPF member David Urich, MPF Vice President Rick Thom, and Director of Prairie Management Jerod Huebner. No registration needed--just bring a dish to share.
Approximately 7:00 p.m. After-dinner presentation: Bop Kipfer, MPF member and Missouri Master Naturalist from Springfield, will portray Henry Rowe Schoolcraft, the American geographer, geologist, and ethnologist who traveled in Missouri 200 years ago. His journal, Journal of a Tour into the Interior of Missouri and Arkansaw was the first published account of the Missouri and Arkansas Ozarks. Travel back in time to the prairies of the central Ozarks as Schoolcraft encountered them. No registration needed.
Blacklight station for viewing nocturnal insects, with MPF Vice President of Science & Management Bruce Schuette and lepidopterist Phil Koenig. No registration needed.
Star gazing with the Camden Camden County Astronomy Association. No registration needed.
Sunday, June 2:
Bird banding station with ornithologists with the Missouri River Bird Observatory. No registration needed. (If weather does not allow for bird banding, this will be a bird walk instead.)
7:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. Concurrent study groups. Register for one.
Bryophytes with botanist Nels Holmberg. No max.
Check small mammal traps with Dr. Sean Maher, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Missouri State University. 20 max.
Prairie Ecology (soils, geology, plant and animal interactions) with Mike Leahy, Natural Community Ecologist (repeated Saturday afternoon). 30 max
9:00 a.m. to 11 a.m. Prairie Day demonstrations. No registration required.
Dutch oven cooking
11:00 a.m. – Phil Koenig, butterfly walk at MPF’s Friendly Prairie, 9.5 miles northwest of Dr. Morton’s Prairie. Registration required. No max.
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