Looking for Critters

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.



About the roused bear

Nature photographer from central Iowa.
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