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MPF 13th Annual BioBlitz and National Prairie Day

June 1 @ 2:00 pm - June 2 @ 2:00 pm CDT

Join the Missouri Prairie Foundation for our 13th Annual BioBlitz and National Prairie Day! Following an introduction to Shelton L. Cook Memorial Meadow at 2:00 p.m., you can join one of many study groups to search for and document butterflies, bees, plants, small mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and much more! After an afternoon on the prairie, enjoy a potluck dinner under a big tent on the prairie, and pitch a tent if you wish and spend the night under the wide-open prairie sky. Several study groups will continue on Sunday until noon, including early morning bird watching. See information on what MPF will provide and what participants should bring below the schedule.

Participation in this weekend event is free, but please register for study groups in advance using the button below. For questions regarding registration, email moprairieops@gmail.com or phone 573-808-7007.

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Be prepared to walk on uneven terrain with moderate slopes. Please read details, below, on what MPF provides at this fun event, and what you should expect to bring.

2024 Prairie BioBlitz Schedule

Saturday, June 1

2:00 to 2:15 p.m. 

Welcome and Introduction to Cook Meadow:  MPF Vice President of Science & Management Bruce Schuette, Executive Director Carol Davit, and Director of Prairie Management Jerod Heubner will provide a brief overview of the prairie’s history, geology, and management.

2:15 to 3:45 p.m.

Register for one of the following field activities by Thursday, May 30 (some will be repeated Sunday morning). Registration is required:

–Mike Leahy, Natural Communities Ecologist, Missouri Department of Conservation –– Prairie Ecology and Soils (Maximum 20 participants) – SESSION FULL

–Alex Morphew, Pollinator Ecologist, Missouri Department of Conservation — Native Bees (Maximum 15 participants) – SESSION FULL

–Phil Koenig, Linda Williams, Steve Craig, and Tom Riley, volunteer naturalists — Butterflies and Moths (No maximum)

–Eric Eaton, author of Insectpedia (Princeton University Press, 2022), Wasps: The Astonishing Diversity of a Misunderstood Insect (Princeton University Press, 2021), lead author of the Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America (Houghton Mifflin Company, 2007), and co-author of Insects Did It First (Xlibris, 2018) and Heidi Eaton — Insects and Arachnids (Maximum 15 participants)

–Doug Helmers, MPF Board Member, and Amanda McColpin — Bumble Bee ID (Maximum 15 participants)

3:45 to 5:15 p.m.

Register for one of the following field activities by Thursday, May 30 (some will be repeated Sunday morning). Registration is required:

–Dr. James Trager, Entomologist — Ants (Maximum 7 participants)

–Bruce Schuette, MPF Vice President of Science and Management — Plants (Maximum 20 participants) – SESSION FULL

–Dr. Sean Maher, Professor of Biology, Missouri State UniversitySmall Mammals (No maximum for talk; maximum 5 to help set traps)

–Phil Koenig, Linda Williams, Steve Craig, and Tom Riley, volunteer naturalists — Butterflies and Moths (No maximum)

–Jamie Leahy, volunteer naturalist – Amphibians and Reptiles (Maximum 15 participants) – SESSION FULL

–Carol Davit, MPF Executive Director – Major Prairie Plant Groups & Wildflowers (Maximum 25 participants)

4:45 – 5:15 p.m. 

Drone Demonstration with Ethan Duke, Co-Director of Missouri River Bird Observatory

5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Potluck Dinner: Please bring a dish to share! Enjoy dinner and relax! (MPF Director of Prairie Management Jerod Huebner will fry fish he has harvested and will share samples for the potluck.)

6:30 – 7:00 p.m.

After-Dinner Talk with Jean Nock of Dark Skies Missouri

8:30 p.m. (at dark) – onward

Nocturnal Insect Observation with Phil Koenig and Bruce Schuette

8:30 p.m. (at dark) – onward

Stargazing with Ethan Duke and Jean Nock

Saturday night 

Tent Camping on the Prairie: Please bring your own camping supplies. See more information below the schedule.

Sunday, June 4

7:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Vernon Elsberry, MPF Board Member, Ethan Duke, Co-Director of Missouri River Bird Observatory, and Veronica Mecko, volunteer naturalist:  Bird Walk (20 participants maximum per leader)

8:00 – 9:30 a.m.

Register for one of the following field activities by Thursday, May 30. Registration is required:

–Dr. Sean Maher, Professor of Biology, Missouri State University – Small Mammal Trap Checks (Maximum 10 participants)

–Bruce Schuette, MPF Vice President of Science and Management — Plants (Maximum 20 participants)

–Eric Eaton, author of Insectpedia (Princeton University Press, 2022), Wasps: The Astonishing Diversity of a Misunderstood Insect (Princeton University Press, 2021), lead author of the Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America (Houghton Mifflin Company, 2007), and co-author of Insects Did It First (Xlibris, 2018) and Heidi Eaton — Insects and Arachnids (Maximum 15 participants)

–Mike Leahy, Natural Communities Ecologist, Missouri Department of Conservation –– Prairie Ecology and Soils (Maximum 20 participants)

–Doug Helmers, MPF Board Member, and Amanda McColpin — Bumble Bee ID (Maximum 15 participants)

10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Phil Koenig, Linda Williams, Steve Craig, and Tom Riley, volunteer naturalists — Butterflies and Moths (No maximum)

Noon

Depart Cook Meadow


What MPF provides:
Big tent for eating and relaxing under
Tables, chairs
Portable restrooms

What registrants should bring:
A dish to share for the potluck dinner (Please keep perishables in a cooler to ensure freshness)
Plates, cutlery, cups, etc. (pack in what we pack out; we like to minimize trash creation)
Drinking water
Breakfast items for personal use Sunday morning
Camp stove (if making coffee/tea Sunday morning is desired)
Tent camping supplies (MPF provides chairs for under the big tent, but you may wish to bring camp chairs; no generators, please)
Sun protection
Long pants are best for exploring the prairie
Close-toed shoes or boots (flip-flops or sandals, including hiking sandals, are not recommended); rubber boots or gaiters shield insects and morning dew
Binoculars, camera, if desired

This event will take place rain or shine, though some activities may be altered in the event of rain at the discretion of group activity leaders and MPF staff. In case of severe inclement weather, MPF will be in touch with registered participants.

Please, leave pets at home.

Questions? Please call 573-808-7007.

Directions: Shelton L. Cook Memorial Meadow is in Barton County, Missouri, approximately 130 miles south of Kansas City and approximately 63 miles northwest of Springfield. It is located along Rt. U, approximately 2 miles northwest of Golden City. Directions: From Golden City, take Main St/Highway 126 miles west for 2 miles, then take SE 90th Lane north for 1.5 miles north. The prairie will be on the east side of the road; look for the big tent on the prairie. GPS Coordinates: 37.4168611, -94.1303806

Participants are invited to visit other MPF prairies in the area, including Coyne, Penn-Sylvania, Pleasant Run Creek, Denison, and Golden. Coyne, Penn-Sylvania, Pleasant Run Creek, and Denison were managed with prescribed burns over the winter in areas close to access roads, so those are good places for an additional prairie hike or two. More information about our other properties is available here.

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June 1 @ 2:00 pm CDT
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June 2 @ 2:00 pm CDT
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Shelton L. Cook Memorial Meadow
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