The public is invited to the Iowa Wildlife Center's WildWay property for BioBlitz, a free, overnight adventure where participants will help to discover and identify as many native species as possible.
Located south of Ledges State Park at 1518 260th Street, Madrid.
BioBlitz is a 24-hour race to discover, identify and assess plant and animal species living on the property, in order to unlock the secrets of the land for future restoration plans. The event, co-sponsored by INHF, was created in the hopes of establishing a stewardship plan for WildWay, a 75-acre grassland, savanna, wetland and woodland complex,
Participants will be divided into three groups: experienced "specialists" who have a certain level of expertise about a particular animal group, "generalists" who have some knowledge about animal or insect types, and "novices" who may not have much experience but are excited to learn! Help you team identify different species and discover the incredible biodiversity all around us.
A variety of lodging options, including camping accomodations and indoor housing, are available for free or low cost. Participants may supply their own food for the event, however, the Iowa Wildlife Center also will provide three meals at a low cost.
The event will be held rain or shine so be prepared for weather conditions. Don't forget to wear long pants and sturdy shoes. Hats and reusable water bottles are also strongly encouraged.
Questions? Contact Marlene Ehresman at 515-233-1379 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.