September 5 - 11! Cancel all of your plans and obligations. It's time to bioblitz!

Sam Kieschnick has done it again! He’s challenged all the TMN chapters in the DFW are to a “friendly” competition! On September 5 – 11, 2021, we will conduct another “fall socially distant bioblitz” in the Dallas/Fort Worth area on iNaturalist. Each chapter will count iNat observations in the counties that they serve (so the BPTMN counties will be Collin and Hunt counties). Which master naturalist chapter will have the most observations, most species, and most participation this year?!?
Much like last year, we will have daily challenges (with super hard ‘sub challenges’)! Big time props to whomever can check off all of these!

Ideally, we want you to get iNat observations in a public place (like your local park), but observations anywhere will count during this week. Remember, for our chapter, only observations in the two counties that we serve count towards the totals. If you jump over to Dallas and make observations, you’re helping our friends in the North Texas chapter! Time spent making iNat observations and time spent curating (uploading your own observations or identifying other observations) will count as Volunteer Hours.

For even MORE FUN, join some of your fellow BPTMN members for one or more of our group iNaturalist outings!

Attend as many outings as you want: you decide how much fun you can handle in one week! Wear appropriate footwear, bring plenty of water and a camera and/or smart phone, and any other naturalist tools of your choice.
Bring your friends and neighbors – these outings are not for TMN’s only! It’s a great chance to introduce someone new to iNaturalist!
Schedule of BPTMN iNaturalist Outings for the Fall Bioblitz

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Sunday, September 5, 2021
(On your own)

Monday, September 6, 2021
Time: 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Place: Northwest Community Park, Frisco

Tuesday, September 7, 2021
Time: 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Place: Spring Creek Trail, Richardson
Park and meet in the parking lot at the "Woodcreek Plaza" office building, located on Renner just to the west of Routh Creek Parkway. Park on the outer edges of the lot, close to Renner. We'll walk to the nature trail from there.

Wednesday Evening, September 8, 2021
Time: 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Place: Oak Point Park, Plano

Thursday, September 9, 2021
Time: 8:30 – 11:30 AM
Blackland Prairie Raptor Center/Brockdale Park

Friday, September 10, 2021
Time: 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Place: Rowlett Creek Trail (park on Rollins Dr., just west of Alma)

And our GRAND FINALE
Saturday, September 11, 2021
Time: 8:30 – 11:30
Place: Paul Mathews Prairie map
We’ll be joined by: Brandon Belcher and Dr. Carly Aulicky
The Paul Mathews Prairie is special.
Owned by the Native Prairies Association of Texas, Mathews Prairie is a rare pristine prairie, providing a glimpse of the Blackland Prairie that once covered over 16 millions of acres of Texas. Located near Floyd, TX in Hunt County, it is 100 acres of extremely valuable remnant prairie that has never been plowed. It is densely grassed, heavily forbed, and riddled with deep gilgai impressions!
Brandon Belcher and Dr. Carly Aulicky are excited to have us conduct a bioblitz at Mathews Prairie, and they are both going to be there. Don’t miss this rare treat!
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