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Vancouver Lake Eco-Blitz
September 24, 2016 @ 7:00 am - 2:00 pmFree
This Saturday, Sept. 24, Vancouver Lake will be the site of the amazing Eco-Blitz—a citizen scientist-led treasure hunt to discover living organisms. Teams of volunteers will develop a “snapshot” of biological information in and around the lake by counting and identifying plant and animal species using the iNaturalist app, cameras, and field guides. Groups will be accompanied by scientists from many regional research and conservation organizations.
The Vancouver Lake Eco-Blitz will kick off at 7 a.m. and continue until 2 p.m. with various hikes and paddles around the lake looking for birds, amphibians, plants, fungi, mammals, insects, reptiles, and even plankton. Volunteers will get training in how to use the iNaturalist app and experts will be on hand to help identify species. It’s free to participate and open to all ages, but online registration is necessary at Eventbrite. You can sign up for one or many shifts. Snacks and beverages will be provided. Here’s the day’s schedule:
- 7:15 to 9 a.m.: birding hike
- 8 to 9:30 a.m.: birding by big canoe
- 8:30 to 10 a.m.: plant hike
- 10 to 11:30 a.m.: birding by big canoe, kids’ exploration, macroinvertebrates, mammals hike
- 10:30 a.m. to noon: plant hike, insects, reptiles and amphibians, plankton
- noon to 1:30 p.m.: plant hike, reptiles and amphibians
Vancouver Lake Regional Park is located at 6801 N.W. Lower River Rd. in West Vancouver. Volunteers should dress for the weather and bring a water bottle, sunscreen, bug repellant, a hat, good walking shoes, a smart phone or camera. The event is hosted by the City of Vancouver, Clark County Public Works, Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership and Port of Vancouver USA. For more information about bio-blitzes, check out http://nationalgeographic.org/projects/bioblitz/ and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hV_tvnbWJ8, or contact Jane Tesner Kleiner at 360-397-2121 or firstname.lastname@example.org.