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2019 Wildcat Hills Bioblitz!

July 19, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - July 20, 2019 @ 6:00 pm MDT

Join us during our third annual Wildcat Hills Bioblitz as we discover the biodiversity of Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area!

A Bioblitz is an event that brings together natural resource experts, community volunteers, and members of the public to inventory as many species (plants, mammals, birds, insects, fungi, etc.) as we can find in a specific area, over a specific time period. If you’re interested in learning more about the Wildcat Hills’ natural resources while helping contribute valuable scientific data to the park, this is the place to be!

Schedule:
Friday, July 19
6PM BIOBLITZ INTRODUCTION & WELCOME DINNER
Join us for a free pizza dinner as we kick off the event with an introduction to Bioblitzes!
Children activities and door prizes will be available! (RSVP required)
6:30PM Photography
7:30PM Sunset Hike

Saturday, July 20
8AM Bird Survey
9AM Plant Survey
10AM Insect Survey
11AM Reptile Survey

This event is free and open to the public!  A valid park sticker is required.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Chaley Jensen (Nebraska Wildlife Education Coordinator) via email or by phone: (308) 633-1013

The Bioblitz is facilitated in partnership with Bird Conservancy of the Rockies and Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Funding for the Bioblitz is provided by Nebraska Environmental Trust and the Nebraska Wildlife Conservation Fund.

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July 19, 2019 @ 6:00 pm MDT
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July 20, 2019 @ 6:00 pm MDT
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Organizer

Chaley Jensen
Phone:
(308) 633-1013
Email:
chaley.jensen@birdconservancy.org

Venue

Wildcat Hills Recreation Area
210615 NE-71
Gering, NE 69341 United States
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Phone:
(308) 436-3777
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