Quivira National Wildlife Refuge is holding a Bioblitz Friday evening, June 19, through Saturday, June 20. The Bioblitz is a scientific effort to find as many species of plants and animals as possible at Quivira over a 24-hour period. The event begins at 5 p.m. on Friday and ends at 4 p.m. on Saturday. Bioblitz is free and open to all ages. The main check-in and headquarters for the event will be located at the Refuge’s Environmental Education Classroom, located 8 miles north of the Refuge Headquarters/Visitor Center.
Bioblitz will feature researchers and students from Fort Hays State University, Sterling College, and other organizations. Surveys and research will be conducted on mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians, flowering plants, fish, insects, and others. “Scoreboard” updates on the numbers of plant and animal species observed will be regularly posted for viewing at the Classroom.
This is an exciting and rewarding family opportunity to learn about Refuge plants and animals. Visitors are welcome to freely come and go any time during the Bioblitz period. In addition, scheduled surveys, open to visitors, will occur throughout both Friday night and Saturday. Visitors are welcome to observe the researchers, and even participate and assist in the collection of species.
For more information, including scheduled survey times, contact the refuge at 620-486-2393.