Saturday & Sunday, June 2 & 3, 2018: MPF's 9th Annual Prairie BioBlitz

BioBlitz Fee Required

MPF’s 9th Annual Prairie BioBlitz at MPF’s Pleasant Run Creek Prairie


2018 BioBlitzYou are invited to a free weekend of fun and learning at the Missouri Prairie Foundation’s 9th Annual Prairie Bioblitz to be held at its Pleasant Run Creek Prairie in southern Vernon County, part of a complex of prairies totaling 620 acres. Adults and children can take part in nature study with experts on mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, pollinators, stream life, ants, butterflies, moths, spiders, and plants, and help inventory species from the site. This event is free of charge, and an interest in nature is all that is required to attend!

After an afternoon of prairie exploration, there will be a potluck dinner under the big tent followed by an after-dinner talk by Chris Crabtree: Missouri’s Rich Native American Heritage—from the Swamplands to the Prairies. After dark, participants can learn about nocturnal insects and participate in a spider search. Tim White with the Camden County Astronomy Club will have a telescope and will interpret the night sky. Free tent camping is available on the prairie. Additional surveying and inventory work will continue on the morning of June 3.

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 3 and snacks, as well as field guides and a camera. A stove will be available for making coffee and tea in the morning. 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.

Pleasant Run Creek is a 180-acre tract located across the road from MPF’s Denison Prairie and next to MPF’s Lattner Prairie. It includes 71 acres of original, dry-mesic sandstone prairie and prairie swale communities, 67 acres undergoing reconstruction with locally collected seed, a farm pond renovating into an ephemeral wetland, and a wooded riparian corridor undergoing tree removal.  MPF purchased this land in 2014.

Google Earth Map of Pleasant Run Creek Prairie

Pleasant Run Creek Prairie is located in Vernon County on Zodiac Road, about 3 miles west of Sheldon.  From I-49, take exit 88 and turn south onto the outer road on the west side of the highway. Drive 1 mile south until the road turns west and becomes Zodiac Road, then continue west for 2.2 miles. The prairie is on the north side of the road. Park on the side of the gravel road near the west uphill gate. By GPS N37 38.894 W94 20.765 (in decimal degrees, 37.648242 -094.346086).

Download the 9th Annual Prairie BioBlitz flyer (pictured above). Feel free to post/share, and spread the word! All are welcome.

Online registration is closed, but you can register at the event! 

This event will take place rain or shine.

If you have any questions, please send a message to info@moprairie.org or call 888-843-6739.
When
6/2/2018 - 6/3/2018 12:00 PM
Where
Pleasant Run Creek Prairie NW 100th Rd Sheldon, MO 64784

Program

   

Saturday, 02 June 2018

Description
Brief overview from MPF’s Vice President of Science and Management Bruce Schuette and Director of Prairie Management Jerod Huebner.
Time
2:00 PM - 2:15 PM
2:00 PM



Butterflies with Phil Koenig, naturalist and lepidopterist. (Repeated on Sunday a.m.)
Time
2:15 PM - 4:00 PM
2:15 PM



Plant ID and Methodology with Brett Budach, Institute of Botanical Training.
Time
2:15 PM - 4:00 PM
2:15 PM



Native pollinators with MPF’s Vice President of Science and Management Bruce Schuette.
Time
2:15 PM - 4:00 PM
2:15 PM



Prairie Ecology (soils, geology, plant and animal interactions) with Mike Leahy, Natural Community Ecologist, Missouri Department of Conservation. (Repeated Sunday a.m.)
Time
2:15 PM - 4:00 PM
2:15 PM



Ants with Dr. James Trager, Biologist and ant expert, Shaw Nature Reserve.
Time
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
4:00 PM



Field Botany: Plant ID and Methodology with Brett Budach, Institute of Botanical Training.
Time
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
4:00 PM



Grassland Spider Natural History with Dr. Jesus Gomez, Kansas State University.
Time
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
4:00 PM



Introduction to small mammals and setting out traps with Dr. Sean Maher, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Missouri State University.
Time
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
4:00 PM



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.
Time
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
6:00 PM



After-dinner presentation under the tent from Chris Crabtree, Natural Resource Steward, Missouri State Parks. Click on the title for more info.
Time
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
7:00 PM



After Dark: Blacklight station for viewing nocturnal insects. No registration required.
Time
8:00 PM
8:00 PM



After Dark: Spider search with Dr. Jesus Gomez. No registration required.
Time
8:00 PM
8:00 PM



Sunday, 03 June 2018

Description
With ornithologists with the Missouri River Bird Observatory. No registration required. If weather does not allow for bird banding, MRBO ornithologists will lead a bird walk instead.
Time
7:00 AM - 7:30 AM
7:00 AM



Bryophytes with botanist Nels Holmberg.
Time
7:30 AM - 8:00 AM
7:30 AM



Amphibians and reptiles with John Miller, Naturalist with the Missouri Department of Conservation.
Time
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
8:00 AM



Prairie Ecology (soils, geology, plant and animal interactions) with Mike Leahy, Natural Community Ecologist (repeated Saturday afternoon).
Time
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
8:00 AM



Check small mammal traps with Dr. Sean Maher, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Missouri State University.
Time
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
8:00 AM



Prairie stream ecology with Kara Tvedt and Mike Allen, Fisheries Biologists, Missouri Department of Conservation.
Time
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
9:30 AM



Butterflies with Phil Koenig, naturalist and lepidopterist.
Time
10:00 AM
10:00 AM



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