Centennial Bioblitz and Nature Fest

by Carl Strang

This coming weekend brings the crowning event of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County’s Centennial Celebration: the Centennial Bioblitz and its public face, the Nature Fest. We have over 100 scientists and citizen scientists coming to count all the species they can find on four adjacent forest preserves: Blackwell, St. James Farm, Herrick Lake and Danada. Survey teams have been organized to focus on birds, vascular plants, nonvascular plants, reptiles and amphibians, mammals, fishes, dragonflies and damselflies, beetles, butterflies, fungi, and others. The survey will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday and continue to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Purdue University’s beetle team and others will be night sampling for insects under lights Friday night. You can check out this action by signing up at 630-942-6200.

Purdue University’s beetle team and others will be night sampling for insects under lights Friday night. You can check out this action by signing up at 630-942-6200.

Nature Fest will run concurrently, beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday. It will take place at St. James Farm, which also will be the headquarters for the bioblitz. In addition to opportunities to meet the scientists, and see specimens and photos of their findings, festival goers will be able to see presentations (including those on the main stage with live bats and raptorial birds), try out various related hands-on activities and exhibits, and purchase treats from an array of gourmet food trucks.

The entrance to St. James Farm is on the east side of Winfield Road, just north of Butterfield Road in Warrenville. Maybe I’ll see you there!

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