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Wildlife Field Research

Monday, May 6th to Saturday, May 11th, 2019
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Positions0 Remaining
Registration OpensTill registration closes
Registration ClosesAny time before each shift starts or when space runs out.
Age LimitAll Ages
Description

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Wildlife Field Research is a week long bioblitz conducted every spring and fall at the Cibolo Nature Center & Farm. During this research event, teams of Citizen Scientists combine their experience, knowledge and enthusiasm to survey the nature center’s ecology.

Citizen Science engages citizens in the task of recording observations of the environment and its many inhabitants. These observations are used to make scientific assessments that inform land management and human behaviors that impact our world. New participants are trained by Team Leaders who provide instruction and guidance on how to conduct the surveys and record information.

Master Naturalists, college students, teenagers, parents and young kids and other nature enthusiasts participate in this event, each bringing their own interests to the mix to create a colorful and fun citizen science community.  For some, the camaraderie and fun that is had during Wildlife Field Research brings them back year after year.

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Surveys include:  Ants, Amphibian, Aquatic, Butterfly, Dragonfly & Damselfly, Breeding Bird Counts, Prairie Vegetation Photopoints, Prairie Vegetation Survey,  Riparian Woody Plants, Small Mammal,  Reptiles and Watersnakes

Requirements
Must be willing to learn and have fun!
PerksBreakfast (continental type) and lunch are provided on Thursday and Friday of the event.
Parking DetailsPark in the Cibolo Nature Center and Farm parking lot
CausesCivic Engagement Conservation Environment Research STEM Sustainability
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103 Positions Filled | 24 Impacts | 111 Hours

Location: 140 City Park Road, Boerne, TX 78006

Shifts (28)

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9:00am (CT)12:00pm (CT) The Wildlife Field Research iNaturalist Bioblitz is intended to fill in the gaps of species...1/25Over

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9:00am (CT)3:00pm (CT) During the butterfly survey, citizen scientists walk a steady pace throughout the nature center's four...7/13Over
10:00am (CT)12:00pm (CT) A team of photographers and nature enthusiasts take photos to document changes in the prairie...3/4Over

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9:00am (CT)12:00pm (CT) SURVEY CANCELLED. The Prairie Vegetation Review is intended to give a brief overview of the...3/0Over
10:00am (CT)12:00pm (CT) SURVEY CANCELLED. Participants in the Dragonfly and Damselfly (Odonate) Survey, will walk in specified areas...4/0Over
1:00pm (CT)4:00pm (CT) SURVEY CANCELLED. To survey ants, Citizen Scientists place bait on small plastic dishes along a...5/0Over
4:00pm (CT)6:00pm (CT) SURVEY CANCELLED. Citizen Scientists search for reptiles under rocks, within tall grass, throughout the woodland...12/0Over
4:00pm (CT)6:00pm (CT) SURVEY CANCELLED. Citizen Scientists set and bait small (Sherman live) traps along transects in the...3/0Over

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7:30am (CT)12:00pm (CT) The Sustenance management team is responsible for feeding the citizen science teams on Thursday,Friday and...1/4Over
8:00am (CT)12:00pm (CT) Plant enthusiasts and beginners alike survey several transects in the prairie to determine vegetation type,...2/15Over
8:00am (CT)12:00pm (CT) The exotic plant removal team is only scheduled during the Spring WFR events. This team...6/15Over
8:00am (CT)12:00pm (CT) SURVEY CANCELLED DUE TO HIGH FLOW. This assessment consists of evaluating the stream characteristics such...1/0Over
8:00am (CT)12:00pm (CT) SURVEY CANCELLED. Citizen Scientists set and bait small (Sherman live) traps along transects in the...1/0Over
8:00am (CT)12:00pm (CT) Citizen Scientists search for blotched and diamond back watersnakes. The water snakes are caught when...1/15Over
1:00pm (CT)4:00pm (CT) SURVEY CANCELLED. To survey ants, Citizen Scientists place bait on small plastic dishes along a...2/0Over
1:00pm (CT)4:00pm (CT) SURVEY CANCELLED DUE TO HIGH FLOWS. This assessment consists of evaluating the stream characteristics- habitat...4/0Over
1:00pm (CT)4:00pm (CT) SURVEY CANCELLED DUE TO HIGH FLOW. Citizen Scientists search for blotched and diamond back watersnakes....1/0Over
8:00pm (CT)9:30pm (CT) SURVEY CANCELLED. To conduct this survey, a group of Citizen Scientists head out to the...4/0Over

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8:00am (CT)12:00pm (CT) EVENT CANCELLED. Team will identify and count the ant species retrieved during the Wednesday and...3/0Over
8:00am (CT)12:00pm (CT) SURVEY CANCELLED DUE TO HIGH FLOW IN CIBOLO CREEK. A team of Citizen Scientists assess...4/0Over
8:00am (CT)12:00pm (CT) Plant enthusiasts and beginners alike survey several transects in the prairie to determine vegetation type,...3/15Over
8:00am (CT)12:00pm (CT) The exotic plant removal team is only scheduled during the Spring WFR events. This team...5/15Over
8:00am (CT)12:00pm (CT) SURVEY CANCELLED. Citizen Scientists set and bait small (Sherman live) traps along transects in the...1/0Over
8:00am (CT)12:00pm (CT) SURVEY CANCELLED. Citizen Scientists search for blotched and diamond back watersnakes. The water snakes are...3/0Over
1:00pm (CT)5:00pm (CT) DALE A. KRUSE Project Leader and Curator, S. M. Tracy Herbarium (TAES), Texas A &...5/5Over
1:00pm (CT)4:00pm (CT) SURVEY CANCELLED DUE TO LOW TEMPS. If water level in creek is too high (5/10/19)...4/0Over

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8:00am (CT)10:00am (CT) SURVEY CANCELLED. Citizen Scientists will check traps for small mammals. Captured mammals are documented and...5/0Over
10:00am (CT)12:00pm (CT) Snakes caught during surveys will be staged for photography while discussion about the species occurs....9/20Over

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Donna Taylor wrote on May 9th, 2019

9:24pm Weather is looking pretty good for tomorrow (Thursday) but the creek is still flowing way above average at 167 cubic feet per second. It normally is 10 or less. We will have to see what it is in the morning. We will not be able to safely get in the creek for the water snake survey or the riparian habitat surveys if the flow is still elevated. We are also critically short in sign-ups for several of the surveys so bring friends! I may request folks to switch surveys so we can get the most critical ones done with enough people. See everyone tomorrow.

Donna Taylor wrote on May 8th, 2019

6:30 am Wednesday May 8, 2019. Rain and Thunder w/ Lightning in the clouds occurring in Fair Oaks Ranch. Radar shows it continuing throughout the morning. Prairie Vegetation Review and the Dragon/damselfly Survey are CANCELLED. Check back later today for updates on the Ant, Reptile and Small Mammal Surveys.

Donna Taylor wrote on May 8th, 2019

Be sure to check your email or the GivePulse site for the latest on any survey cancellations due to weather. An email will be sent ONLY if the event is cancelled. If you can't access your email, then you can view the GivePulse Wildlife Field Research page and look to see if your shift (survey) still shows up. If is has been cancelled, it will NOT show up and will be removed from the list.