BioBlitzing at Grant Park This Saturday

Grant Park sunrise

This sounds really fun. From the Milwaukee Public Museum …

Grab your magnifying glass and join us for MPM’s next BioBlitz at Milwaukee County Park’s Grant Park!

  • When: Saturday, June 11th
  • Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Where: Grant Park, 100 E. Hawthorne Ave.
    **Follow the yard signs to picnic area 5A**
  • Cost: FREE

What is a BioBlitz? It’s a 24-hour event where scientists work together to see how many species of plants and animals they can find in one area. On Friday, June 10th, some of Wisconsin’s best science minds from MPM and other local institutions will converge on the Milwaukee County Park to discover its native biodiversity.

The BioBlitz will be open to the public on Saturday, June 11th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Meet the scientists, see what species they’ve found, and take part in hands-on activities – BioBlitz is fun for the whole family!

Why Grant Park? Milwaukee County Park’s Grant Park is an excellent location to hold BioBlitz 2016 because it is a multi-use park with a golf course, tennis courts, and soccer fields and yet it also has the potential to showcase the amazing diversity contained within a neighborhood. Grant Park contains a variety of habitats (lake shore, bluffs, forests, grasslands, and a riverine corridor) which increases the number of plant and animal species we expect to find and adds challenge to the survey. Moreover, the Warnimont Bluff Fens State Natural Area, an outstanding example of a unique type of natural community with rare plants and animals, is adjacent to the park.

More details here, and here is Milwaukee Journal Sentinel coverage.

And thanks to Keith Orcholski for the photo. He regularly posts his work on his Facebook page, and it’s amazing to see how the park comes alive through his lens. This is a shot of a recent Grant Park sunrise. Awesome. 

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2 responses to “BioBlitzing at Grant Park This Saturday

  1. Nels Monson

    Hey Erik,

    Do you know when the findings of the BioBlitz will be made public? I would like to get a copy of their report. Thanks!

    • Betsy A.

      968 total species in 24 hours. It was stated that this is tip of the iceberg though, given the seasonal nature of the count as being after migration (birds) and spring ephemerals (plants.) It was a fine event as many folk could be seen collecting specimen well into the night with headlamps and nets at the ready. Visitors were rewarded with great feedback from the scientists as well. We are so grateful that Grant was chosen for this, and more, that storms missed us by a hair!

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