Birds and bugs, frogs and fungi, snakes and salamanders – BioBlitz has them all.
Citizen scientists are invited to take hikes and document their observations of plants, animals, and insects at the Nature Reserve along the Raisin River any time of April. Participants can record their findings using the iNaturalist app.
The Nature Conservancy is hosting a month-long biodiversity inventory project at the Nan Weston Nature Reserve in Sharon Hollow, in the countryside between Jackson and Ann Arbor.
The reserve is located within the Upper Raisin Basin and protects the natural environment of the area, which has been greatly altered by agriculture, logging and development.
Spring wildflowers known to bloom in the reserve include Southern Blue Flag irises, starflowers, and large trilliums.
“The Nan Weston Nature Preserve in Sharon Hollow is bursting with April activity, with migratory songbirds stopping by and wildflowers dotted the landscape,” says Helen Taylor of Michigan Preserves. says.
“Spring is a great time to get outside and enjoy nature.
Scientists in the iNaturalist community identify photos of visitors uploaded to nature reserves.
On Earth Day, April 22, the reserve will host a morning guided hike in Nan Weston as part of the BioBlitz program, which includes a scavenger hunt. If you would like to participate, please register online at https://tinyurl.com/ysx44wkz.
The same type of biodiversity inventory can be done at any of the nature reserves throughout Michigan.
“The TNC Reserve is at the tip of the Kiwinow Peninsula just south of Detroit and all points in between,” Taylor said.
Sanctuary visitors are advised to bring both sunscreen and insect repellent in preparation for the wet and muddy trails during the spring season. Not allowed.
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