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BioBlitz

BioBlitz

Saturday, July 15: 8am–Midnight

All ages

A BioBlitz is an ecological race to catalog as many living things as possible! Connect with the scientific process, regional experts and contribute to the understanding of the Cumming Nature Center landscape. Scientists, naturalists, teachers, and the public participate in this immersive citizen science activity by identifying, collecting, and geo-locating found species of plants and animals found on the 900 acre Cumming Nature Center preserve.  

Join in the citizen scientist fun of BioBlitz as you:

  • Embark on a hike with an expert guide to learn how field data is collected
  • Record what living things you find on data sheets or mobile apps
  • Engage with experts to identify the species you find
  • Enjoy food trucks
  • And more!

Check out our BioBlitz To Wear & To Bring list to learn how to be prepared for any of these activities. 

Cost

$5 per person

$2 per Junior Scientist (12 and under)

Add $5 for an event t-shirt

 

Program

Guided Activities

Morning Hike Schedule & Themes

Join an expert on one of these guided hikes to explore one of the many elements of Cumming Nature Center's ecology. Schedule subject to change.

  • 8–9:30am: Birding
  • 9–10:30am: Pitfall Traps
  • 10–11am: Trees
  • 10–11am: Turtles
  • 10–11:30am: Mushrooms
  • 11:30am–12:30pm: Herpetology 
  • 11:30am–1pm: Plants

Afternoon Hike Schedule & Themes


Join an expert on one of these guided hikes to explore one of the many elements of Cumming Nature Center's ecology. Schedule subject to change.

  • 12–1:30pm: Tracks, Scat and Other Signs
  • 12:30–1:30pm: Macroinvertebrates 
  • 12:30–2:00pm: Odonata (Dragonflies and damselflies)
  • 1:00–2:30pm: Invasive Species
  • 1–2pm: Plant Wildcrafting and Conservation
  • 1:30–3pm: Wetland Ecology
  • 2–3pm: Insects
  • 2–3:30pm: Field Journaling
  • 3:30–5pm: Plants
  • 4–5pm Macroinvertebrates

Evening Hike Schedule & Themes


Join an expert on one of these guided hikes to explore one of the many elements of Cumming Nature Center's ecology. Schedule subject to change.

  • 5–6:30pm: Invasive Species
  • 8–9:30pm: Sunset Hike
  • 10–11pm: Moths
  • 11pm–12am: Owl Prowl

 

Self-Guided Activities 

Create your own experience by exploring our ongoing self-guided activities!  Many of the featured activities are adaptable to accommodate all ages.

Story Walks
Experience the magic of the forest through story! On this self-guided hike, story book pages are hung at stations along the trail. Complete the trail to read the whole story.

Sense It Scavenger Hunts
Learn about biodiversity through the senses with this discovery activity. Create your own scavenger hunt card and take a walk to explore the different colors, textures, sounds, scents, shapes, etc. at Cumming Nature Center. Perfect for young children!

Sweep Netting or Bag the Bugs!
Sweep nets are specifically designed to catch insects in grassy areas. Master your sweep netting skills as we visit with our regional entomological community and discover which bugs love the Nature Center as much as we do!

Pond Dipping
Curious to learn what’s crawling around the bottom of the pond? Dip in some nets to get the inside “scoop” on who’s a’creeping and a’crawlin way down in the muck!

iNaturalist Training
Become a citizen scientist by downloading the app and joining CNC’s iNaturalist community. Learn about and how to use key iNaturalist features to engage in the scientific process and identify species.

iMap Invasive Training
Join iMap to help track invasive species. Learn how to use and participate in the online database to help manage invasive species.

Casey’s Dichotomous Key
Dichotomous keys help make identification easier by breaking down key features distinguishing one creature from the next. Learn how to use a dichotomous key to help identify species.

Nature Art Nook
Explore nature through art. Use a viewfinder to hone in on a nature scene and sketch what you see! Or used pressed leaves to create a leaf decoupage.

 

To Wear & To Bring

To be prepared for all of the fun activities we have planned, consider the following things:

  • Dress for the weather (Raincoat if rain is forecasted and warmer clothes for the evening, etc).
  • Wear close-toed shoes such as hiking boots or sneakers
  • Some hikes may go through tall grass, so long pants are recommended 
  • Bug spray
  • Flashlight or head lamp for night hikes
  • Bring water to stay hydrated in the warm weather
  • Binoculars, cameras and field guides if you would like
  • Download the iNaturalist and iMapInvasives apps in advance if you would like to participate in those app-based activities

Thank you to our event partners!

Canandaigua Lake Watershed Council  Canandaigua Lake Watershed Assoc Logo

RAMA Logo   NYS Parks logo


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