Connor Prairie Bioblitz

by Carl Strang

Each year a bioblitz takes place somewhere in the state of Indiana. Last year I participated for the first time when the Kankakee Sands nature preserve was the location. This year it was at Connor Prairie, a historic interpretive park just north of Indianapolis.

Entrance to Connor Prairie Visitor Center

Entrance to Connor Prairie Visitor Center

It wasn’t all bioblitz. The usual history interpretation was taking place over the weekend.

The barn in the Connor homestead

The barn in the Connor homestead

A tethered balloon ride, providing an elevated overview of the area, is billed as a 19th Century attraction.

A tethered balloon ride, providing an elevated overview of the area, is billed as a 19th Century attraction.

The park invested considerable support for the bioblitz, a 24-hour hunt for as many species as participating scientists could find on the property.

Connor Prairie volunteers provided a wide range of bioblitz related activities.

Connor Prairie volunteers provided a wide range of bioblitz related activities.

Outside exhibitors added enriching educational experiences.

 Introducing children to the world of biodiversity is an important part of a public bioblitz.

Introducing children to the world of biodiversity is an important part of a public bioblitz.

The scientists also were interested in teaching.

A presentation on bats by scientists from Ball State University

A presentation on bats by scientists from Ball State University

Scientists were encouraged to do their work where people could look over their shoulders.

Purdue University entomologists identify beetles. Participating scientists enjoyed sharing their finds with interested members of the public.

Purdue University entomologists identify beetles. Participating scientists enjoyed sharing their finds with interested members of the public.

Tomorrow I’ll share some of what I found at Connor Prairie.

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