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Nygren Wetland Bioblitz

May 1, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

A Rock River Valley City Nature Challenge Event

Natural Land Institute is excited to hold a mini-bioblitz at Nygren Wetland Preserve as part of the Rock River Valley City Nature Challenge observation period, April 30 – May 3, 2020.

Join NLI staff and volunteers at 10:00 a.m. on Sat., May 1, 2021 to take a walk around the preserve to find and document the spectacular wildlife (fauna, flora or fungus) of Nygren Wetland Preserve using the iNaturalist app! Sandhill Cranes, Great Blue Herons, Ospreys, Pelicans, Beavers, Turtles, and many other creatures call this wetland home. The flora of this preserve include native prairie wildflowers and grasses, upland and bottomland forest species, as well as plants found in wetland habitats. Many types of birds, butterflies, dragonflies, damselflies, bumble bees, and other insects can be found here. Your help documenting the species living and visiting Nygren Wetland Preserve will help inform NLI’s land stewardship staff and future management practices.

You can hike the trail on your own or join staff or a volunteer to lead you on a trail. Meet by the red barn at 3190 W. Rockton Rd. (Rockton, IL 61072) at 10 a.m. to start your hike and be back by 12:00 p.m./noon. Take your mobile device with a camera and be sure to download the iNaturalist app on it (and create your account) before you start. Please bring a mask to wear when social distancing isn’t possible. Because of continued COVID-19 gathering restrictions registrations will be limited to 30 people.

iNaturalist App

Use the iNaturalist app with your mobile device to take a photo of each species you would like to document. The more entries the better. This is also a challenge to get the most species documented by the most people in a community to win bragging rights!

Watch this video to learn how to use the iNaturalist app.

If you can’t join us on May 1 at 10 a.m. you are welcome to visit Nygren Wetland using the public entrance at 3714 W. Rockton Rd. (Rockton, IL 61072) where the wildlife overlook and the start of the Dianne Nora Nature Trail are located to record your observations between April 30 and May 3, 2021. The preserve is open sunrise to sunset.

Rock River Valley City Naturalist Challenge

Find out more about our local challenge and learn how to use the iNaturalist app to record your observations here.

Registration is required for this free event.

Email Kim Johnsen to register or for questions (kjohnsen@naturalland.org)


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