This summer, local outdoor lovers will have a chance to dig in to their favorite parks and open spaces to discover them from a whole new perspective. In honor of the 20th anniversary of the Trails and Open Space Program (TOPS), four BioBlitzes are happening throughout the city.
A BioBlitz is an “intense period of biological surveying in an attempt to record all the living species within a designated area." Scientists, including Palmer Land Trusts own Amber Shanklin, will be leading surveys and talking about our favorite landscapes from an ecological, botanical, and environmental perspective.
This year’s BioBlitz line-up includes four different properties with four different landscapes. The four 24-hour events are scheduled for each month between June and September. Join and hear about the intricate biodiversity that makes up the mesa, foothills, grasslands and streams of our local region.
The first BioBlitz is June 16-17th and happens at Blodgett Peak Open Space. With information being gathered both inside and outside of the burn area, there will be a lot to discover about how this woodland area is responding 5 years after the Waldo Canyon Fire. Join the team for talks on the ecology, plants, moths, fungus, and more at Blodgett Peak Open Space. Don’t miss this unique chance to learn from the experts!
Future BioBlitzes include Jimmy Camp Creek Park for a study focused on streams and riparian areas; Bluestem Prairie Open Space for an intensive look at grasslands; and Ute Valley Park for a deep dive into mesa ecology.
To find out more and sign up for the opportunity to get to know the land a little better, visit: https://coloradosprings.gov/Bioblitz
NOTE: Signing up through the above website is required!
A special opportunity for friends of Palmer Land Trust!
The Palmer Land Trust BioBlitz botanical data collection team has a few spots remaining! Join Amber and other volunteers as we complete a botanical survey at Blodgett Peak Open Space during the City's first BioBlitz! We have openings on Friday, June 15th between 3:30 and 5:30 and on Saturday, June 16th between 8:00 and 12:00. While experience isn't necessary, it is helpful for volunteers to know a bit about Colorado's native plants. If you are interested in participating, contact Amber (email preferred) who can share more details. Email amber [at] palmerlandtrust [dot] org.