A BioBlitz Invitation

For those biology folks in the Topeka area, an invitation:

Shunga Bioblitz


TAS is hosting the first Topeka area Bioblitz in the parks along Shunga
Creek in southwest Topeka. It will take place on April 16, 2011 from 6am to
11pm (park hours). TAS would like to see this event bring together all
people who have an interest in biological diversity. You can participate for
any amount of time on the day of the event.

What is a Bioblitz

A BioBlitz is a study where a group of volunteers conduct a one day
intensive biological inventory, attempting to identify and record all
species of living organisms in a given area. Some types of organisms we hope
to inventory: Plants, Fungus, Insects, Spiders, Reptiles, Amphibians, Fish,
Birds, and Mammals

Bioblitz Location

The bioblitz will take place in a complex of parks along Shunga Creek in
southwest Topeka. This Complex of parks includes Wells Park, Warren Nature
Area, and Big Shunga Park. Shunga Creek runs through the south edge of the
area. There is a wetland in the center of Warren Nature Area. Woodlands are
mostly along the creek and grasslands are found north of the creek. The
total area is estimated to be about 300 acres.The area is bordered by Gage
Blvd on the west, the VA & KNI on the north, Macvicar on the east, and 29th
Street on the south.  Meet at the Felker Park Parking Lot, 2540 SW Gage

For more information such as maps of the area, list of birds found, and
registration, follow this link.


Jeff Hansen