Sandia Mountain BioBlitz 2013

May 14, 2013 by  
Filed under Events, Sport & Leisure

An ecological scavenger hunt for nature and wildlife-lovers, families, and anyone who just enjoys the great outdoors!

The Sandia Mountain Natural History Center BioBlitz 2013 heads to the hills on the evening of Friday May 17 and continues on Saturday May 18, from 7 am to 2 pm.

This free event is basically a back-to-nature scavenger hunt, where participants (you!) join with scientific experts to hunt for as many living organisms as you can. That includes mammals, insects, birds, reptiles, wildflowers, and trees, and each group of participants is led by a science bod while you collect data on the flora and fauna.

It’s a family-friendly event, and kids can join in. They’ll even have a special family activities tent on Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm, with bug hunts and track making. You can also see birds from Talking Talons, reptiles from the NM Herpetological Society, and a wild fire engine from New Mexico State Forestry.

There are oodles of guided hikes to choose from. For example, you could join the dusk hike or hikes for birding, wildflowers, or reptiles. Note that hikes are up to 2 miles long, and take 1.5 to 2 hours each. They have a limit of 20 participants per hike, so arrive in good time as it’s first-come, first-served.

See the full BioBlitz schedule for details on what’s happening when.

They suggest you wear sturdy shoes and take all usual gear for outdoor activities (hat, sun protection, water, snacks) and you’re also welcome to take a picnic lunch. Take your own cameras and binoculars and field guides if you have them. Leave your pooch at home as dogs are not permitted on site during BioBlitz.

BioBlitz 2013 runs on Friday May 17 from 4 pm to 7 pm, and on Saturday May 18 from 7 am to 2 pm.

It’s organized in conjunction with the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, and takes place at the Sandia Mountain Natural History Center, 60 Columbine Lane, in Cedar Crest. Take exit 175 from I-40 East, along NM 14 / The Turquoise Trail. Full directions to the SMNHC are at the BioBlitz website links above.

–Tania


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