Join us for first Black River BioBlitz

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – On Sunday, July 29, come explore with experts and learn about the flora and fauna of both Hoyt’s Landing and Muckross State Park in Springfield, Vt. for our first-ever Black River BioBlitz. This event is free and family-friendly, but please leave pets at home. Leave your car at the Park and Ride at Exit 7 off Interstate-91 and pick up the BioBlitz Shuttle, courtesy of Butler’s Bus.

The shuttle will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. between Muckross, the Park & Ride, and Hoyt’s Landing, and back again.

Stay for an hour or pack a lunch and stay for the day! Learn about birds, trees, ferns, mushrooms, amphibians, reptiles, flowers, insects, and so much more. Many displays will be up at both locations, and experts will be on hand to introduce you to the wildlife and woodlands.

Bring your camera, binoculars, and/or smartphone if you’d like to take photos and upload them to iNaturalist to help the BRAT build an “inventory” of scientifically confirmed species at both locations. Join the project at www.inaturalist.org/projects/2018-black-river-bioblitz.

An early bird walk is planned for Muckross State Park with the Ascutney Mountain Audubon Society. Bring your own boat to paddle for one of the aquatic plant sessions or dragonfly excursions on the water at Hoyt’s Landing. A mushroom tour at Muckross is in the works, too, and an exciting “after-dark” session at Hoyt’s Landing. Bring a UV flashlight if you have one.

Lots of events are happening and changing, so tune in to the Black River Action Team’s Facebook Events Page for updates and details www.facebook.com/BlackRiverActionTeam.

For questions, contact BRAT Director Kelly Stettner at blackrivercleanup@gmail.com or by leaving a message at 802-738-0456.

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