May 01, 2017

We Did It!

It was a great month to watch Oklahoma go from brown and dormant to green and full of life! And who would have thought we would have 90 degree days and blizzard conditions in the state during the spring BioBlitz!?

I am super proud of our Virtual Spring BioBlitzers! Not only did we exceed 1000 species, we also increased participation by over 50%! The 55 participants in Virtual BioBlitz! 2017 all earn a prize! We have made up some special BioBlitz! stickers to show your BioBlitz! pride - good for your car window, notebook, laptop, or where ever! If you submitted observations to this project, please send me a private message (priscillaokie - click the link below) with your name and mailing address and we will pop the sticker in the mail ASAP!

Thanks for participating and making this such an amazing success!

Priscilla, BioBlitz! Coordinator

Posted on May 01, 2017 19:43 by priscillaokie priscillaokie | 0 comments | Leave a comment

April 26, 2017

Empty County Challenge (#3)

You have until midnight tonight to make observations in the unrepresented counties to earn a prize. To claim a prize, comment on this post with the following information:
--name of the county
--species of the 10 identifiable, photographic observations
--the book you would most like and a second choice (I have a limited number of copies) or if you would rather have a free BioBlitz! registration

The books are:
Landscaping for Wildlife: A Guide to the Southern Great Plains
Oklahoma's Amphibians and Reptiles
Butterflies of Oklahoma, Kansas, and North Texas
Bats of Oklahoma Field Guide
Last Child in the Woods

Posted on April 26, 2017 17:44 by priscillaokie priscillaokie | 5 comments | Leave a comment

April 19, 2017

Challenge #3

We have done great on getting lots of species! Now let's try to get more observations from around the state! Looking at the observation map, I see lots of gaps in our geography of Virtual BioBlitz! 2017. I got out my state map and my Sharpie to figure out which counties had no observations. From my best reckoning, of the 77 counties in Oklahoma, we have observations from only about half of them!

Your challenge is to make 10 identifiable, photographic observations in a county that has not been represented up to this point. Below is the list of counties that need observations (from my comparison of observations and a map of Oklahoma counties). The deadline is midnight, Wednesday April 26th.

This challenge will be for a chance to earn one of three books - Landscaping for Wildlife: A Guide to the Southern Great Plains, Oklahoma's Amphibians and Reptiles, Butterflies of Oklahoma, Kansas, and North Texas, Bats of Oklahoma Field Guide, or Last Child in the Woods.

Have fun exploring the state!

Counties that need observations (in no order)
Adair

Atoka

Beckham

Jackson

Caddo

Garvin
Craig

McIntosh

Creek

Johnston

Roger Mills
Custer

Kay

Noble

Seminole
Blaine
Dewey
Kiowa

Nowata

Bryan

Ellis

Garfield
Grant

Ottawa
Choctaw

Greer

Major

Pawnee

Harmon

Washita
Harper

Pontotoc

Woodward
Hughes

Posted on April 19, 2017 19:09 by priscillaokie priscillaokie | 4 comments | Leave a comment

April 17, 2017

Yahoo!

We have exceed last year's total species observed! We have also surpassed the number of observations by nearly 250! But best of all - we have almost a 50% increase in number of people participating in the Virtual BioBlitz! Great job everyone! And just think - we still have more than 1/3 of the month to go! I think 1000 is going down!

State Park Challenge - to be considered for a prize for the State Park Challenge (post 5 observations from Oklahoma State Parks by midnight last night) - you need to comment on this post with the species you observed, the date, what park you were visiting, and if you would like free BioBlitz! registration or a t-shirt (include size). I will then send a personal message to you to arrange for you to redeem your prize.

Posted on April 17, 2017 18:26 by priscillaokie priscillaokie | 7 comments | Leave a comment

April 12, 2017

T-shirt

Someone asked what the current challenge prize t-shirt looked like. I can't figure out how to attache a picture to these posts, so you will have to look at the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/bioblitzoklahoma/

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April 10, 2017

Report Everything or Report New Species?

Hi Everyone!
I had a question from a couple people recently about reporting observations. They have been only posting new species they have personally observed, even if they see the same species several times in different places.

The question was "Should I only do new species or should I send observations of all species if I see them in different areas?" While we have been focused on the cumulative number of species observed, it is also very important from a ecological perspective, to report species from different geographic areas - especially if these areas have few observations, such as northwestern Oklahoma. To some people it is simply the number of different species observed that is important, but observing species in a variety of locations is important for biologists too. So, there is no right or wrong way to participate in the Virtual BioBlitz!

Posted on April 10, 2017 14:33 by priscillaokie priscillaokie | 1 comment | Leave a comment

April 06, 2017

More and More Species!

We have reached half the number of species that we observed last year - in only 6 days! I have high hopes for us breaking 1000 species this year!

Keep up the great observations everyone!

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April 05, 2017

New Challenge

Here is your next challenge for prizes - post at least 5 photographic, identifiable observations from an Oklahoma State Park. This can be retroactive - previous posts from an Oklahoma State Park will count.

Find Oklahoma State Parks here: http://www.travelok.com/state_parks

You have until midnight Sunday April 16th to post these observations from the Oklahoma State Parks.

What will you earn? A choice between new Oklahoma Biological Survey logo t-shirt or free registration to BioBlitz! Oklahoma at Black Mesa.

Good Luck and Have Fun!
Priscilla

Posted on April 05, 2017 15:51 by priscillaokie priscillaokie | 2 comments | Leave a comment

April 03, 2017

Amazing First Weekend!

I am super impressed with our first weekend of observations! Over 250 species have been observed and 21 people have participated so far! And over half of you got 20 species to earn a free BioBlitz! Oklahoma registration. I will be sending personal messages through iNaturalist those people with instructions on registering for free.

I will announce our next challenge on Wednesday!

Posted on April 03, 2017 14:36 by priscillaokie priscillaokie | 0 comments | Leave a comment

March 31, 2017

First Challenge

Make 20 identifiable photographic observations weekend (deadline midnight Sunday). Everyone who meets this challenge will get free registration to BioBlitz! Oklahoma 2017 at Black Mesa!

Posted on March 31, 2017 18:07 by priscillaokie priscillaokie | 0 comments | Leave a comment

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