Bio-blitz Identification Contest

By Taylor on September 10, 2013 in Blog


Loess Hills State Forest- Photo Courtesy of Brent Olson of Iowa DNR Loess Hills State Forest

Loess Hills State Forest- Photo Courtesy of Brent Olson of Iowa DNR Loess Hills State Forest

Looking for some friendly, knowledge-based competition?

Consider participating in the upcoming Native Prairie Bio-blitz conducted by the Loess Hills State Forest branch of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the Iowa State University Harrison County Extension on September 13, 2013.

A bio-blitz is a coordinated program where scientists and naturalists from different fields of study come to document as many of the living things that are living on a site that they can. The blitz includes great hiking opportunities, access to beautiful views, and sharing of knowledge.

This event will begin at 9 a.m. and end at approximately 3 p.m. Interested participants should gather by 9 a.m. in Pisgah at the Forest Headquarters at 206 Polk Street. From there contestants will travel to several tracts on the west side of the Mondamin Unit of the forest where they will climb and document their findings. The group will gather at 2:30 p.m. at Mondamin City Park to review the findings and have a fun identification contest.

Loess Hill State Forest- Photo Courtesy of Brent Olson of Iowa DNR Loess Hills State Forest

Loess Hill State Forest- Photo Courtesy of Brent Olson of Iowa DNR Loess Hills State Forest

Anyone is welcome to join the contestants in the park to see what was found during the day and learn something about the Loess Hills.

Participants should bring good shoes, appropriate hiking clothes, a camera, plant identification references and their own lunch. The ID tally sheets will be provided.

This mini-version of a bio-blitz is part of the statewide celebration of Iowa Prairie Heritage Week. Organizers hope it will give interested people a taste of how special the Loess Hills are, a look at what management has accomplished and provide people the chance to learn something new!

For questions contact Brent Olson of the Iowa DNR at the Loess Hills State Forest. He can be reached at brent.olson@dnr.iowa.gov or via phone at (712) 456- 2924.