Host: Black River Action Team
Location: Leave your car at the Park & Ride at Exit 7 off I91 and pick up the BioBlitz Shuttle, courtesy of Butler's Bus. The shuttle will run from 10 am till 3 pm between Muckross, the Park & Ride, and Hoyt's Landing and back again.
Event Description: Explore with experts and learn about the flora and fauna of both Hoyt's Landing and Muckross State Park in Springfield, Vermont. Stay for an hour or pack a lunch and stay for the day! Learn about birds, trees, ferns, mushrooms, amphibians, reptiles, flowers, insects, and so much more -- many displays will be up at both locations and experts will be on hand to introduce you to the wildlife and woodlands. Bring your camera, binoculars, and/or smartphone if you'd like to take photos and upload them to iNaturalist to help the BRAT build an ""inventory"" of scientifically-confirmed species at both locations.
Join the project for free here: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/2018-black-river-bioblitz
An ""early bird walk"" is planned for Muckross State Park with the Ascutney Mountain Audubon Society from 7-8 AM (plan to carpool, parking is at the Park & Ride at Exit 7); bring your own boat to paddle for one of the aquatic plant sessions or dragonfly excursions on the water at Hoyt's Landing.
A mushroom tour and a tree tour at Muckross will also be happening, as well as an exciting ""after-dark"" session at Hoyt's Landing starting at 9 PM (bring a UV flashlight if you have one, and your camera!).
Lots of events are happening and changing, so tune in to the Black River Action Team's Facebook Events Page for updates and details: https://www.facebook.com/BlackRiverActionTeam/
Pre-registration required: No
Cost: Free and family-friendly (please leave pets at home); with a suggested donation of $10 you'll receive a commemorative button and a "swag bag" to collect special items throughout the day.