Winnakee Land Trust to Host Invasive Species BioBlitz Weekend

 

Weekend Features Morning Bird Walks and Wild Animal Demonstrations

 

WHAT: BioBlitz

WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, August 19-20 All day, 8:00 a.m. until ~5:00 p.m.

WHERE: Winnakee Nature Preserve, 4204 Albany Post Road (Rt. 9), Hyde Park, NY 12538

COST:    Free. Advanced online registration is required.

INFO: Visit www.winnakee.org or call (845) 876-4213

Rhinebeck, NY-  On Saturday and Sunday August 19 and 20 Winnakee Land Trust will host a unique first-time event—a BioBlitz—at its 105-acre Nature Preserve on Rt. 9, in Hyde Park, NY. Naturalists, nature lovers, children, and anyone interested in knowing more about local flora, fauna, and biodiversity are invited to participate in this dynamic outdoor event.

“A bioblitz is a focused period of biological surveying to record living species within a designated area during a concentrated amount of time,” explains John Mickelson Winnakee Land Stewardship Manager. “Winnakee has assembled some of the best local naturalists to lead bird walks and plant surveys for our first BioBlitz.” Participants are asked to download the innovative iNaturalist app to their smart phones, in advance of the weekend. iNaturalist allows users to locate, capture and share field information within the Preserve and upload immediately to a cloud server. Onsite training will be provided to all event attendees for: inaturalist.org

Regional bird experts from the Waterman Bird Club will start each day with an early morning bird walk, in advance of the morning and afternoon field surveys.  Wildlife educators will present live wildlife over the mid-day break. On Saturday, Turtle’s Back, a turtle rehabilitation organization, will present an informative demonstration with live turtles and on Sunday, the Ravensbeard Wildlife Center will showcase their live raptors, birds, and other wildlife.  Snacks and beverages will be provided, participants are asked to bring their own lunch.

Data collecting over the weekend will focus on common invasive plant species found across the Preserve, though the broader intention of the day is to bring together people and nature and to show how digital data tools can support our wilderness experience. For participants living within a commutable distance of the Nature Preserve, Winnakee is also soliciting volunteers to serve as Preserve Corps team members. These select individuals will be trained and engaged to help manage the trails, entrances, and over time, the habitats and restoration of sections where invasive plants are removed.

The Winnakee Land Trust is offering this BioBlitz free of charge with thanks to sponsors AT&T and the Open Space Institute. Advanced online registration is required and because of live wildlife visitors, pets are not permitted.

Winnakee Land Trust is a fully accredited 501(c)3 located in the bucolic village of Rhinebeck, New York. Winnakee works year-round to protect and preserve the natural, agricultural, recreational, architectural, cultural, scenic, historical, and open space resources of northern Dutchess County. As an accredited land trust, Winnakee not only protects farmland and natural habitats from development, but provides public recreational opportunities through its two parks—Drayton Grant Park at Burger Hill in Rhinebeck and Winnakee Nature Preserve in Hyde Park. Winnakee has established miles of public access trails and are continually working to add more.