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MPF 12th Annual Prairie BioBlitz 2023

June 3, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - June 4, 2023 @ 12:00 pm

photo of a native hoverfly landing on a purple flower (ironweed)

Photo of native fly on ironweed (Vernonia fasciculata) at Carver Prairie by Bruce Schuette

Join fellow prairie enthusiasts for an afternoon or a weekend at MPF’s 163-acre Carver Prairie near Joplin, MO. Explore this property, which includes 65 acres of original, unplowed prairie adjacent to the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC’s) Diamond Grove Prairie, with biologists and volunteer naturalists to document plants, insects, and animals. All that is required is an interest in learning about prairie! .

Following a brief prairie introduction at 2 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 outreach@moprairie.org or phone 636-303-7418.

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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.

2023 Prairie BioBlitz Schedule

Saturday, June 3

2:00 to 2:30 p.m. Introduction to Carver Prairie: MPF Vice President of Science & Management Bruce Schuette and Director of Prairie Management Jerod Heubner will provide a brief overview of the prairie’s history, geology, and management. (No registration required)

Register for one of the following field groups from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. (some will be repeated Sunday morning):

2:30 to 4:00 p.m.: Bruce Schuette, MPF Vice President of Science & Management. Topic: Prairie plants. 20 participants maximum. SESSION FULL

2:30 to 4:00 p.m.: 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), & Heidi Eaton. Topic: Wasps, Grasshoppers, True Bugs & Beetles. 15 participants maximum.

2:30 to 4:00 p.m.: Jeff Cantrell, Mo. Dept. of Conservation Educator. Topic: Reptiles and Amphibians. 15 participants maximum. SESSION FULL

2:30 to 4:00 p.m.: Dr. Sean Maher, Professor of Biology, Missouri State University, and Dr. Daniel Wolcott, Assistant Professor of Biology, University of Central Missouri
Topic: Small mammals. 10 participants maximum.

2:30 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.: Linda Williams, Steve Craig, and Tom Riley, volunteer naturalists.
Topic: Butterflies and moths. No maximum.

4:00 to 5:00 p.m.: Dr. James Trager, entomologist. Topic: Ants. 7 participants maximum. SESSION FULL

4:00 to 5:00 p.m.: Doug LeDoux & Tom Riley
Topic: Leaf beetles. 10 participants maximum.(Bring an insect net if you have one.) SESSION FULL

4:00 to 5:00 p.m.: Doug Helmers, MPF board member, and Amanda McColpin. Topic: Bumblebee Atlas bumblebee ID under the tent and in the field. 15 participants maximum

4:00 to 5:00 Small mammal group will rebait traps. Tent campers can set up their tents on the prairie.

5:00 to 6:00 p.m.: Potluck dinner. Please bring a dish to share! Enjoy dinner and relax! (MPF President David Young and MPF Director of Prairie Management Jerod Huebner will fry fish they have harvested and will share samples for the potluck.)

6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.: Field group leaders will report, under the tent, on documented observations from the afternoon sessions.

6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.: Enjoy live music on the prairie from bluegrass band No Apparent Reason

At dark: Nocturnal insect viewing with blacklights–no registration required.

Tent camping.

Sunday, June 4

Register for field groups:

7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.: Vernon Elsberry and Doug Helmers, MPF board members: Bird walk: 20 participants maximum.

7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.: Dr. Sean Maher, Professor of Biology, Missouri State University, and Dr. Daniel Wolcott, Assistant Professor of Biology, University of Central Missouri
Topic: Small mammals. 10 participants maximum.

9:00 a.m.-10: a.m.: Doug Helmers, MPF board member, and Amanda McColpin. Topic: Bumblebee Atlas bumblebee ID under the tent and in the field.  15 participants maximum. SESSION FULL

9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.: Eric and Heidi Eaton
Topic: Wasps, Grasshoppers, True Bugs & Beetles. 15 participants maximum. SESSION FULL

10:00 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.: Linda Williams, Steve Craig, and Tom Riley, volunteer naturalists.
Topic: Butterflies and moths. No maximum.

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 (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 tent, but you may wish to bring camp chairs)
Sun protection
Long pants are best for exploring the prairie. Rubber boots shield insects and morning dew.
Binoculars, camera, if desired.
Please, leave pets at home.

Questions? Please call 888-843-6739.

***If you have questions the weekend of the event, please call 636-303-7418.***

Directions: Carver Prairie is in Newton County on Lark Road, about 5 miles southeast of Joplin. From the intersection of I-44 and south I-49, drive 1/2 mile south on I-49 and take the 32nd St (also known as Missouri FF) exit. Drive east on 32nd St about 2 1/4 miles, take a right onto Lark Rd, and travel south about 2 1/2 miles. Carver Prairie is directly across the road from MDC’s Diamond Grove Prairie on Lark Rd. Alternatively, from the intersection of I-44 and north I-49/Hwy 59 south, drive 2 miles south on Highway 59, then take a right to travel west on 32nd St (FF) for 4 miles to reach Lark Rd. Continue about 2 1/2 miles south. By GPS, N37 0.954 W94 23.337 (in decimal degrees, 37.01591 -94.38894).

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Start:
June 3, 2023 @ 2:00 pm
End:
June 4, 2023 @ 12:00 pm
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Carver Prairie
Lark Rd
Newton County, MO United States
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