Be a Citizen-Scientist at Little River Canyon National Preserve


Little River Canyon National Preserve and Jacksonville State University’s Field Schools are hosting their 3rd Annual Bioblitz from May 18-May 20 to document the ecological diversity of the park.

Scientists, students, and the public will be using the free iNaturalist app to record and locate as many species in the park as they can record in three days as the explore Little River Canyon National Preserve with experts during this free event.

The Canyon Center will be the hub of activity with live snake exhibits from the Alabama Herpetological Society and others.

Each day begins with an initial “welcome” and daily event listing at the Little River Canyon Center at 472 AL Hwy 35 in Fort Payne. Participants are welcome to explore the park on a self-guided hike or join subject matter experts that will lead hikes in various areas of the park.

There is free Wi-Fi in the Canyon Center where participants can post observations if they choose to not do so in the field, and recharge batteries. There will also be a table with field guides.

Schedule of Events:

Friday, 9:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Teachers’ workshop to learn about the iNaturalist app, and how to use it in the classroom.

Friday, 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Staff will be at Canyon Mouth to look at moths and other insects. 

Saturday beginning at 8:00 a.m. Saturday, there will be groups heading into the park to document species. Several hikes/walks will leave the Canyon Center throughout the day.

Saturday, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Naturalists will be at the Canyon Center to help the public and scientists identify what everyone found.

Saturday, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. JSU’s very own Dr. George Cline (aka Dr. Frog) will be discussing local frogs and toads, and weather permitting leading a frog walk.

Saturday, 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. There will be a moth watch on the Canyon Center back deck.

Be prepared for hiking in woodlands, wading the river & streams, and/or sloshing through a wetland, so in addition to your hiking boots, you may want to bring river sandals and rubber boots too!

You may discover brand new species for the park or the world in this “Citizen Science” survey.

For more information check out the event page!

Source: Little River Canyon National Preserve

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