Citizen science will take place over a 24-hour period at Jimmy Camp Creek in the Corral Bluffs Open Space.
A BioBlitz (also written without capitals as bioblitz) is an intense period of biological surveying in an attempt to record all the living species within a designated area.
Groups of scientists, naturalists and volunteers conduct an intensive field study over a continuous time period.
As part of celebrating the 20th anniversary of Trails, Open Space and Parks (TOPS), the Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services Department has rallied its partners to provide opportunities for the public to participate in the BioBlitz!
Moth Blacklighting: A white light plus a blacklight and a sheet at night equals moths and other fascinating nocturnal insects. Who knew?! Help us find unique “bugs” that could easily represent new species records for the county, if not the state. Bring your curiosity, a jacket to keep warm, long pants, closed-toe shoes, and water/snacks. (8:30 p.m.)
Mammal Release: Many animals live unseen in our open spaces. Join the scientists as elusive mammals captured overnight are released. Long pants and closed toe shoes are required. (8 to 9:30 a.m.)
Bird Hike: Join Aiken Audubon Society members for a bird hike in Blodgett Open Space during the city’s first BioBlitz. Please dress for the weather. Bring binoculars and water. Wear long pants and comfortable hiking boots. (8:15 to 10:15 a.m.)
Mycology Walk with the Experts: Walk with experts as they identify the fungi in the forest. Note: this walk does not include edible fungi. Long pants and closed-toe shoes are required. (9:15 to 10:15 a.m.)
Jimmy Camp Creek Overlook and Loop Hike: Take a walk to where the forest meets the plains and where the creek meets the desert. Enjoy the hidden valley of Jimmy Camp Creek. Long pants and closed-toe shoes required. (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
Be a citizen scientist with your smartphone: Technology in nature? Learn to use your smartphone to help document the species in our open spaces. Compete with others to see who can find the most species. Take a walk with the RMFI citizen science team to learn iNaturalist. Please download the iNaturalist app before arrival. (10 a.m. or 11 a.m.)
Insect Collecting: Insects are the most diverse organisms on Earth. There are over 940 species of bees in Colorado alone, for example. Join us as we search for the “smaller majority” with cameras, nets, magnifiers, and more. Learn the techniques used by professional entomologists including “sweeping” and “beating” (it’s not what you think). You are guaranteed to have an entertaining and educational experience, and walk away with a new-found appreciation of all things “bug.” (10:30 to 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.)