Missouri Prairie Foundation to Host BioBlitz Event

Join the Penn-Sylvania Prairie BioBlitz — Free Event for the whole Family!

Across the country, nature lovers and professional biologists are teaming up to identify as many species as possible (the “bio”) in an area over the course of 24 hours (the “blitz”). The Missouri Prairie Foundation (MPF), a Community Foundation of the Ozarks Agency Partner, is hosting its own version with the Penn-Sylvania Prairie BioBlitz (flyer) on Saturday, May 29 and Sunday, May 30.

Join experts in many natural history fields to locate, identify and document prairie amphibians, reptiles, birds, ants, butterflies, moths, bees, beetles, small mammals including bats, land snails, vascular plants, mosses, and liverworts and help inventory species on this biologically rich, original Missouri 160-acre prairie owned by MPF in Dade County.

The BioBlitz officially begins at 2pm on May 29 and lasts through the morning of the 30th. Participants may camp for free on the prairie Saturday night.

You should sign up for particular groups by RSVPing to info@moprairie.com. There will be concurrent activities Saturday afternoon, Saturday night and Sunday morning, so you can sign up to join up a group at each time. If you want to stay for the potluck picnic dinner on the 29th, please bring a dish to share, as well as snacks/breakfast for Sunday morning.

Saturday May 29, 2:00, individual groups will look for native bees, beetles, ants, butterflies, vascular plants and land snails.

Saturyday May 29, 6 or 6:30, potluck picnic, followed by stargazing, bat surveying, moth surveying and tent camping.

On Sunday morning, individual groups will look for birds, bryophytes, amphibians, reptiles and check small mammal traps.

Visit http://www.moprairie.org/Events.html for a detailed schedule of events.

RSVP to info@moprairie.com or call 1-888-843-6739.