Rockwall -- another bioblitz! This time at a larger park with more habitats... November 4th, Harry Myers Park.

Several folks showed up for the September 15 survey at a new nature park in Rockwall (https://www.inaturalist.org/journal/sambiology/11047-future-nature-preserve-in-rockwall-help-needed-for-a-biosurvey), and we're continuing a mission to document as many species in Rockwall county as we possible can! :)

On November 4th from 9:00 am until noon or so, we'll go to Harry Myers Park to document stuff. It will hopefully draw a few people from the public too -- I'll give a presentation on how to use iNaturalist to whomever shows up, and we may guide a few folks on how to make some observations.

Not too much has been documented from the park so far:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=122597&subview=grid&view=species

It's a pretty nice park -- about 60 acres with several recreational spots, but LOTS of nature-y spots too... There are a few ponds, some forested areas, a restored prairie, and a nice creek. Here's the location:
http://playrockwall.com/harry-myers-park/ (815 East Washington, Rockwall, Texas 75087)

Why are we doing this? We want to show people that diversity exists here and that land management decisions need to address wildlife and habitat. The only way to do this is with empirical evidence of the presence of biodiversity -- in this case, we'll use iNat observations to show how many species are in this area. Park board, city council, and other decision makers in Rockwall are watching this. Hopefully you'll join me! :)

Tagging these folks that have been to local bioblitzes before -- feel free to tag others that you think may be interested too:
@taogirl @cgritz @kimberlietx @bob777 @annikaml @aguilita @tfandre @suz @naturenut @denver @wildcarrot @andyk @mchlfx @itmndeborah @zooga1961 @charley @dfwuw @butterflies4fun @tadamcochran @brentano @jblinde @atassin @kalamurphyking @walkingstick2 @squaylei2000 @rmorgan @daniel112 @rehb @galactic_bug_man @fiddleman @gaberlunzi @mertmack1 @phlank @oddfitz @brenledbetter @cwd912nb @lulubelle @cameralenswrangler @briang @jwn7882 @diatomwu @k8thegr8 @cosmiccat @nickmdal @interlibrarylowe @katelyn3 @spqnancy @kimberlywalks @naturemom @shutterpug @spteng
Again, no obligations to join, but it should be some fun! :) Let me know if you have any questions or concerns too.

Posted by sambiology sambiology, October 25, 2017 21:15

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@brentano @brentano @brentano @brentano @brentano @brentano @brentano @brentano @brentano Just making sure Brent saw that he got tagged. :P

Posted by kimberlietx almost 2 years ago (Flag)
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Haha, very funny @kimberlietx i would have totally missed it.

Posted by brentano almost 2 years ago (Flag)
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Oh man! I won't make it this time, I'll be out of state. Someone be sure to find lots of spiders for me!! :)

Posted by wildcarrot almost 2 years ago (Flag)
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Awesome! Unless something comes up, I'll be there. @mikeintyler

Posted by cosmiccat almost 2 years ago (Flag)
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I will definitely be there this time. I can't come up with someone else to tag so I will also tag @brentano since it sounds like he needs some extra attention! :-D

Posted by annikaml almost 2 years ago (Flag)
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Can't make this one. Wish I could.

Posted by mertmack1 almost 2 years ago (Flag)
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I'm out of town for this one.. I'm hoping for some of these we can do Spring bioblitzes too!!

Posted by butterflies4fun almost 2 years ago (Flag)
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I'm going to try my best to be there!

Posted by atassin almost 2 years ago (Flag)
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Looks like I'll be able to make it!

Posted by bogslogger almost 2 years ago (Flag)
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Ugh, will not be able to make this one as I will be out west on the Rolling Plains next weekend...

Posted by oddfitz almost 2 years ago (Flag)
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I'm planning on being there! And, @wildcarrot, even though spiders are my biggest phobia, I'll focus on those for you! You'll have to ID them when I post them, though. ;-)

Posted by naturemom almost 2 years ago (Flag)

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