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Academy of Science - St. Louis BioBlitz
 
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The Academy of Science - St. Louis BioBlitz is an exploration and inventory of the biodiversity of urban parks. Teams of public volunteers led by biologists, naturalists and environmental enthusiasts search natural areas, listing as many different species as they can find. At the end of the day, participants have a new appreciation of these very special places.

Here’s your chance to learn about everything from birds to butterflies, crickets to katydids! Join teams of scientists and skilled naturalists during the BioBlitz at St. Louis urban parks.

 

Webster Groves Nature Study Society
presents
Academy of Science - St. Louis
BioBlitz

EMMENEGGER NATURE PARK IN KIRKWOOD
MAY 16 & 17, 2014

 

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"Walk-in's Welcome!"
Stop at the picnic pavilion on Saturday and join a team!

To be considered part of Academy of Science - St. Louis BioBlitz,
participants need to complete permission slip - available at registration

FRIDAY,
May 16, 2014

 
LEADER
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Herps
Michael Dawson, Saint Louis Frog Watch Chapter Coordinator and Conservation Education Liaison, Saint Louis Zoo - Have you ever heard a noise at night and were not sure if it was a frog, a toad or even an insect? Have you ever found a snake and could not determine if it was venomous? Come and join Michael Dawson on the herp team where he will answer these questions and more as we look for hidden herps in the park. Please wear appropriate shoes and attire for going off the beaten path? Ask Mike about his growing audio recorded data base of the sounds and calls of local frogs and toads.
     
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Butterflies/Moths
Phillip Koenig, Missouri Expert and WGNSS - Which butterflies migrate and why? A butterfly is mainly a day-flying insect of the order lepidoptera that includes butterflies and moths. Join Phillip as you meander through the park in search of our local species! Phillip will also have his "butterfly station" on hand with lots of species to view! At the end of this trek you will know why Phillip is the "go to" guy for the Department of Conservation and others when there is a lepidopetera question or concern!
     
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Flowers/Trees
George Yatskievych, PhD, Missouri Botanical Garden, 2014 Academy of Science - St. Louis Outstanding Scientist Trustee Awardee and WGNSS - he wrote the book! In 2013, Dr. Yatskievych published the final volume of the massive work, "Steyermark's Flora of Missouri" - the culmination of 25 years of work to document the plants of Missouri - an essential element in Missouri's conservation efforts! This will be a great BioBlitz team to gather data - I wonder if there will be any surprises in Emmenegger Nature Park!
     
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Aquatic Macroinvertebrates
Brian Waldrop, Missouri Department of Conservation - Are you interested in the impact of water quality on the aquatic life? Do you want to look for invertebrates? Are you wondering "what is an invertebrate?" This trek is for you!
     
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Mushrooms
Don Evans, Missouri Master Naturalist and Missouri Mycological Society - on this team you will identify mushrooms and learn about the benefits of mushrooms. Which wild mushrooms are edible and which are poisonous. Don might even share a few of his mushroom cooking hints! Would you like to be a Master Naturalist - ask Don!
     
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Flowers/Trees
Jim Miller, Research Specialist, Missouri Botanical Garden - spend an hour and a half gathering data with a research specialist from the Garden! Be sure to bring your questions! See how many species you will find on this team!
     
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Mushrooms
Don Evans, Missouri Master Naturalist and Missouri Mycological Society - on this team you will identify mushrooms and learn about the benefits of mushrooms. Which wild mushrooms are edible and which are poisonous. Don might even share a few of his mushroom cooking hints! Would you like to be a Master Naturalist - ask Don!
     
7:30 pm-10:45 pm

Insects/Pollinators

Ted MacRae, WGNSS - be prepared to stay up late with this group. You will be collecting data in the dark! The biodiversity stays in balance with the insects of the night.
     
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Butterflies/Insects/Pollinators
Richard Thoma, President-WGNSS - This team will be blacklighting - find out more from the President of the Webster Groves Nature Study Society!
     
SATURDAY, May 17, 2014    
     
7:45 am - 9:15 am
Insects/Pollinators/Trees
Robert Marquis, Ph.D. University of St. Missouri - St. Louis - This team will be collecting the morning data! Insects, pollinators and trees - Robert is an expert! His current projects include the study of importance of plant traits on the impacts of leaf-tying catepillars on anthropod structure of Missouri Oaks, evolution of plant resistance traits in tje ant-tended Chamaecrista fasciculata, the impact of plant phylogeny on herbivore and associated parasitoid communities of Canadian trees, and the influence of latitude vs phylogeny on leaf and wood traits of woody plant species...find out more!
     
8:00 am - 9:30 am
Flowers/Plants/Trees
Richard Abbott, PhD, Botanist, Missouri Botanical Garden - Richard will be sharing more than 20 years of diverse botanical experience, from research & teaching in academia to botanical consulting (vegetation analysis, rare & exotic plant surveys, etc.) and botany trips to more than 40 states and 15 countries. Do you have questions about landscape restoration - join this team! Richard is your expert for your own backyard flower/plant/tree questions! Richard's team identified the most species at the Fall 2013 BioBlitz!
     
8:30 am-10:00 pm

Flowers/Trees
George Yatskievych, PhD, Missouri Botanical Garden, 2014 Academy of Science - St. Louis Outstanding Scientist Trustee Awardee and WGNSS - he wrote the book! In 2013, Dr. Yatskievych published the final volume of the massive work, "Steyermark's Flora of Missouri" - the culmination of 25 years of work to document the plants of Missouri - an essential element in Missouri's conservation efforts! This will be a great BioBlitz team to gather data - I wonder if there will be any surprises in Emmenegger Nature Park!
     
8:30 am-10:00 am

Birds
Sue Gustafson, WGNSS and St. Louis Audubon Society - Have you ever wondered what's flying in your own backyard? Should you feed birds year-round, where should you place your bird feeder, how do you attract birds - ask Sue while you stroll through the park and identify local species to add to the BioBlitz database. Beginners & experienced birders welcome!
     
8:30 am-10:30 am
Butterflies/Insects/Pollinators
Richard Thoma, President, WGNSS - Join the President's team in the search for butterflies, insects and pollinators!
     
9:00 am-10:30 am
Mushrooms
Don Evans, Missouri Master Naturalist and Missouri Mycological Society - on this team you will identify mushrooms and learn about the benefits of mushrooms. Which wild mushrooms are edible and which are poisonous. Don might even share a few of his mushroom cooking hints! Would you like to be a Master Naturalist - ask Don!
     
10:00 am - Noon

Flowers/Plants/Trees
Richard Abbott, Ph.D., Missouri Botanical Garden - Richard will be sharing more than 20 years of diverse botanical experience, from research & teaching in academia to botanical consulting (vegetation analysis, rare & exotic plant surveys, etc.) and botany trips to more than 40 states and 15 countries. Do you have questions about landscape restoration - join this team! Richard is your expert for your own backyard flower/plant/tree questions! Richard's team identified the most species at the Fall 2013 BioBlitz!
     
10:30 am - Noon
Lichens
This is NOT a lichen (but is a great picture of a bird!) The first person to send me a photo of a lichen during the BioBlitz wins a prize!
Doug Ladd, The Nature Conservancy - Definition of lichen: organism growing on rocks: a complex organism consisting of fungi and algae growing together in symbiosis that often appears as gray, green, or yellow patches on rocks, trees and other surfaces. Find out why lichens are SO important! What is a use for lichens - find out! Ask Doug about the Nature Conservancy in Missouri.
     
 


Flowers/Plants/Trees

George Yatskievych, PhD, Missouri Botanical Garden, 2014 Academy of Science - St. Louis Outstanding Scientist Trustee Awardee and WGNSS - he wrote the book! In 2013, Dr. Yatskievych published the final volume of the massive work, "Steyermark's Flora of Missouri" - the culmination of 25 years of work to document the plants of Missouri - an essential element in Missouri's conservation efforts! This will be a great BioBlitz team to gather data - I wonder if there will be any surprises in Emmenegger Nature Park!
10:30 am - Noon
Butterflies/Insects/Pollinators
Richard Thoma, President WGNSS - Join the President's team - looking for butterflies, insects and pollinators. Richard will fill you in on the status of pollinators in our region.
     
10:30 am - Noon
Butterflies/Moths
Phillip Koenig, Missouri Expert and WGNSS - Which butterflies migrate and why? A butterfly is mainly a day-flying insect of the order lepidoptera that includes butterflies and moths. Join Phillip as you meander through the park in search of our local species! Phillip will also have his "butterfly station" on hand with lots of species to view! At the end of this trek you will know why Phillip is the "go to" guy for the Department of Conservation and others when there is a lepidopetera question or concern!


 
 

 

Led by the Academy of Science of St. Louis, BioBlitz partners' include:
Note: click on logos to view partners' environmental efforts!

    
 
CH2MHill
City of St. Louis Department of Parks Recreation & Forestry

 

Washington University in St. Louis
University of Missouri St. Louis
 
Upcoming Academy of Science - St. Louis BioBlitz Events
Sep 26th, 2014 (Fri) -- Sep 27th, 2014 (Sat)
Academy of Science BioBlitz in Forest Park, Save-the-Date!
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BioBlitz in Forest Park, Save-the-Date!
Details coming soon!