Two new plant records during this Spring BioBlitz! These species that are new records for Oklahoma were verified by our BioBlitz! expert botanist, Amy Buthod. One snuck over from Arkansas and was recorded by virtual and in-person BioBlitzer Lynn Michael – Smooth Yellow False Foxglove (Aureolaria flava) The other species, Common Cornsalad (Valerianella locusta), was … More Virtual Spring BioBlitz! 2020
We had a record setting BioBlitz! weekend this year at Sequoyah State Park on the shores of Fort Gibson Lake in eastern Oklahoma. This was our biggest group of biologists – both professional and amateur – that has ever attended our BioBlitz! event. We had over 450 citizen scientists and expert biologists participate in our … More BioBlitz! OK 2019
BioBlitz! weekend is my most favorite, stressful, and fun work days of the year. My favorite thing is showing people the amazing organisms that live right hear in Oklahoma. Our featured organism this year, and star of this year’s event shirt, was the American Burying Beetle – a federally protected endangered species. I was immensely … More BioBlitz! Oklahoma 2018
At the tip of the panhandle of Oklahoma, Black Mesa, the highest point in the state, is unlike any other region of Oklahoma. The panhandle is dominated by plowed fields of corn, wheat, and sorghum irrigated with water from the diminishing Ogallala aquifer. The panhandle is less flat then you would expect. Highway 412 goes … More Black Mesa!
Organizing BioBlitz! Oklahoma is one of my favorite jobs! I love bringing together biologists and citizen scientists to explore the biodiversity of Oklahoma. I would love to host a spring BioBlitz!, but the volatile weather and crazy school schedules make this a logistical nightmare. So my solution is to host a virtual BioBlitz! using iNaturalist. … More Virtual Spring BioBlitz!
Spring is a biologically wonderful time of year – buds are bursting, summer birds are returning, larvae are hatching, and biologists are antsy to get outside again. As coordinator for BioBlitz! Oklahoma, I have been asked why don’t we have the event in spring or early summer when all this fun stuff is going on. … More Spring Virtual BioBlitz!