Yesterday and today I had the pleasure of attending a bioblitz at Whiterock Conservancy.
Bioblitzes are events in which a number of people get together and try to identify as many species of particular groups as they can within a 24 hour period. The event becomes less about compiling a list than it does about introducing people to nature, however. For example, on a reptile and amphibian walk in the morning we found an American toad. I failed to document the toad. However, I did document a number of the witnesses to the event.
I did document a magnificent damselfly, the ebony jewelwing, Calopteryx maculata, seen a little bit later on the same trip.
Later, we went to a prairie that was found in the middle of a cornfield to look for pollinators.
It was hot and very steamy, so I ended up leaving, hot and exhausted, before the last session. But I can’t think of a better way to spend a nice Iowa day than how I spent today.