Very knowledgeable and helpful "scientist" leader, and a great team to hike with and inventory our bird sightings. I learned a lot! Representatives of National Geographic, the National Parks Service, and the conservation groups present were all very generous with their time and information.
0 · May 18
There are only 6 tickets left for the Friday night insect inventory that I think will be one of the best. I'm pretty sure that parking will be allowed at the park itself for the late night inventories, as opposed to other times when you will be shuttled in from Bayou Segnette State Park, or, if you're on a boat that day, then you may drive directly to one of the launches. The National Geographic staff will email you directions about where to go and park after you register.
Regardless of your interests, inventories are selling out, so sign up for what you want!
0 · April 28
I will be working during bioblitz, but maybe you guys can arrange who will meet-up before heading into the preserve, and carpool. It's a long event, so there may be chances for several groups to get together, maybe based on the inventories you select. In my personal opinion, the inventories on Friday night for insects and reptiles and amphibians will be the most interesting...maybe the buggiest, but the most interesting.
As a side-note, if there are any SUPER-early morning people out there who can deal with being in the swamp (skeeters, snakes, gators, deerflies, heat, sun, humidity, getting stuck in the muck), I am looking for some volunteers to do marsh bird surveys with me (basically riding in the boat with me for safety, and sitting quietly while the surveys are done for about 3 hours, but you get a free tour!). If you know how to drive a boat, that's a big plus. Post a message on my profile if that sounds like something you'd be interested in.
0 · April 24
Public registration for the scientist-lead species inventories for Bioblitz 2013 is now online. Slots are available on both Friday AND Saturday, from early morning until late evening; some on boats, some on trails.
There is also a festival site at the park where you will be able to see scientists working on species identification, exhibitors, the Audubon Zoo and Bug Mobiles, plus vendors and craft demonstrations.
NO PARKING WILL BE ALLOWED IN THE PRESERVE, except for late night inventories on Friday night (way too many people for the available parking). The park has arranged for people to park at Bayou Segnette State Park, or boat launches near the park, and then wheelchair accessible buses will take you to the festival.
This should be a very cool visitor experience! Well, not temperature-wise, but you get what I mean.
0 · April 24
Here is the official website link for the event:
No parking will be available in the preserve on those days. Please consider carpooling; there will be shuttle buses to take you into the preserve from nearby parking areas.
Planning for the event isn't complete, but I will keep you up to date on where to go and what to do.
0 · March 26