Sponsoring Organizations: Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks, South River Federation and Scenic Rivers Land Trust
Location: Bacon Ridge Natural Area in the South River Greenway in central Anne Arundel County.
More Information: Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks BioBlitz
This 1117-acre natural area surrounds Bacon Ridge Branch, the headwaters of the South River. It contains extensive interior forest habitat, stream valleys, and recent and old beaver ponds.
The South River Greenway BioBlitz will occur over a 24-hour period where scientists of various disciplines will offer their expertise to gain a snapshot of the flora, fauna, and other taxa within the parkland.
In addition to an information gathering opportunity, this BioBlitz will serve as an educational tool for volunteers, a promoter of scientific awareness, a networking opportunity for experts and staff, and a chance to have fun in the field.
Saturday September 18
10:30 am: Early Registration
11:45 am: Opening Remarks
Noon – 4 pm: Butterflies, Fish, Plants, Reptiles, Amphibians,
3:30 pm: Mid-day Registration
4 – 8 pm: Reptiles, Amphibians, Plants
8 pm – midnight: Owls, Insects
Sunday, September 19
7:30 am: Sunday Registration
8 am – noon: Birds, Reptiles, Amphibians, Plants
Noon: BioBlitz Tally Rally
Select one or more time frames most appropriate for your schedule and taxon. Schedule subject to change.
The objectives of this BioBlitz are to:
- Estimate Species Richness. Identify and catalog the diversity of flora and fauna in this unique, multi-habitat ecosystem, including native and non-native species.
- Foster Partnerships. Build upon the collective knowledge of the staff and its partners, regarding this natural area.
- Education. Add to our repertoire of knowledge in order to better educate the public regarding what lives and thrives within the South River Greenway.
- Park/Scientist/Volunteer Bridge Building. Offer the park staff, experts, and volunteers a chance to network, collaborate, and connect in their common environmental interests.
We welcome you to join us in this experience. Feel free to invite friends and colleagues.
To volunteer, please complete and return the accompanying questionnaire to Karyn Molines.
Download BioBlitz registration form (Microsoft Word, ~69 KB)