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Wildlife Field Research

Monday, October 8th to Saturday, October 13th, 2018
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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

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.

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
CausesConservation Civic Engagement Environment Research STEM Sustainability
GivePulse
185 Positions Filled | 79 Impacts | 242 Hours

Multiple Addresses

Shifts (28)

Name & TimeDescriptionPositions
 
Start: Mon, Oct 08, 9:00AM
End: Mon, Oct 08, 3:00PM
During the butterfly survey, citizen scientists walk a steady pace throughout the nature center's four habitats: prairie, marsh, riparian and woodland along with an experienced team leader and document the species observed as well as what plants they are associating with.
Willingness to learn. Must be able to walk unaided on sometimes uneven ground. Exposure to sun / wind is expected.

140 City Park Road, Boerne, TX 78006
14/14Over
Start: Mon, Oct 08, 9:00AM
End: Sat, Oct 13, 12:00PM
The Wildlife Field Research iNaturalist Bioblitz is a "on your own" survey intended to fill in the gaps of species not included in our Wildlife Field Research formalized surveys. Participants are invited to submit observations of any critters or plants of interest at any time during the week.

Use iNaturalist app anywhere on the Cibolo Nature Center to record observations of flora or fauna, 140 City Park Road, Boerne, TX 78006
7/25Over

Name & TimeDescriptionPositions
 
Start: Wed, Oct 10, 9:00AM
End: Wed, Oct 10, 12:00PM
The Prairie Vegetation Review is intended to give a brief overview of the protocol used in the Prairie Vegetation Survey and to introduce the target species that are evaluated in the survey. Participants will learn the characteristics of the plant species expected to be encountered and will learn identification tips and tricks.
An interest in prairie plants to include grass, forbs and woody species.

Meet at the pavilion near the parking lot., 140 City Park Road, Boerne, TX 78006
7/15Over
Start: Wed, Oct 10, 9:30AM
End: Wed, Oct 10, 11:00AM


Meet in the main parking lot of Herff Farm, 33 Herff Road, Boerne, TX 78006
8/10Over
Start: Wed, Oct 10, 10:00AM
End: Wed, Oct 10, 12:00PM
A team of photographers and nature enthusiasts take photos to document changes in the prairie structure over time. By comparing photos from successive years, CNC land managers and researchers have a visual reference that help to inform management practices and data interpretation.

140 City Park Road, Boerne, TX 78006
4/4Over
Start: Wed, Oct 10, 1:00PM
End: Wed, Oct 10, 4:00PM
To survey ants, Citizen Scientists place bait on small plastic dishes along a transect. This bait is left out for a minimum of 30 minutes up to several hours. The trays are then collected in plastic bags and then refrigerated. The ants are then taken to the lab where they are identified and counted using microscopes. The ant survey allows researchers to monitor ant species diversity.
None, but must be able to walk unaided on uneven terrain. Also persons known to be allergic to insect stings should not participate in this event as ant bites are possible.

140 City Park Road, Boerne, TX 78006
3/10Over
Start: Wed, Oct 10, 2:30PM
End: Wed, Oct 10, 4:00PM
Participants in the Dragonfly and Damselfly (Odonate) Survey, will walk in specified areas looking for odonates to photograph for later identification. Photos are submitted to WFR data manager after the event.
The photos should not be enhanced or modified in any way and are considered raw data.
Experienced nature photographers with personal DSLR camera is preferred, but not required. This is a great survey to practice outdoor photography skills.
Photos can also be submitted to iNaturalist for assistance with identification, though smartphone photos are typically not of adequate quality for identification (thus the reason DSLR is preferred).

140 City Park Road, Boerne, TX 78006
2/10Over
Start: Wed, Oct 10, 4:00PM
End: Wed, Oct 10, 6:00PM
Citizen Scientists search for reptiles under rocks, within tall grass, throughout the woodland and in Cibolo Creek. Anoles, skinks, whiptails, and other lizards, as well as ribbon snakes, blotched and diamond back watersnakes and many other species are recorded during this survey. The water snakes are caught when possible, then pit-tagged and released on Saturday. This survey helps researchers monitor the diversity, dispersion and health of the reptile population.
Requirements: None. If you have a fear of snakes, this survey will help you to learn to respect and appreciate them.

140 City Park Road, Boerne, TX 78006
16/16Over
Start: Wed, Oct 10, 4:00PM
End: Wed, Oct 10, 6:00PM
Citizen Scientists set and bait small (Sherman live) traps along transects in the tall grass prairie and woodland at the Nature Center. The following morning, the traps are checked for small mammals. Captured mammals are documented and a small clipping of hair is removed from the animal to mark that it has been captured. The animal is then released unharmed. This survey enables researchers to monitor the diversity and health of the small mammal population.
Must be able to walk unaided on uneven terrain. Potential for insect bites and stings to occur, so must NOT be highly allergic to such bites/stings.

140 City Park Road, Boerne, TX 78006
12/12Over

Name & TimeDescriptionPositions
 
Start: Thu, Oct 11, 7:30AM
End: Sat, Oct 13, 12:00PM
The Sustenance management team is responsible for feeding the citizen science teams on Thursday,Friday and Saturday of the WFR event. Breakfast and Lunch on Thursday and Friday, and breakfast only on Saturday.

Coordinated by Suzanne Young, 140 City Park Road, Boerne, TX 78006
1/4Over
Start: Thu, Oct 11, 8:00AM
End: Thu, Oct 11, 12:00PM
The exotic plant removal team will remove exotic invasive and sometimes opportunistic native plants that are encroaching areas where they don't belong. Bring Lopers if you have them. Other tools may be requested by the team leaders.
Must be able to walk over rough terrain while carrying equipment that will be used for plant removal.
Potential for insect bites. Dress appropriately for field work.

140 City Park Road, Boerne, TX 78006
1/15Over
Start: Thu, Oct 11, 8:00AM
End: Thu, Oct 11, 12:00PM
Plant enthusiasts and beginners alike survey several transects in the prairie to determine vegetation type, including forbs and grasses, and to assess ground cover. Using this data, researchers can assess changes in plant composition over time.
Requirements: None, however it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that participants attend the Prairie Vegetation Review that occurs on Wednesday 9am-Noon, the day before the actual survey. This survey requires bending and stooping on sometimes uneven terrain. There is also exposure to sun, wind and sometimes rain and potential for insect bites.

140 City Park Road, Boerne, TX 78006
5/15Over
Start: Thu, Oct 11, 8:00AM
End: Thu, Oct 11, 12:00PM
Citizen Scientists set and bait small (Sherman live) traps along transects in the tall grass prairie and woodland at the Nature Center. The following morning, the traps are checked for small mammals. Captured mammals are documented and a small clipping of hair is removed from the animal to mark that it has been captured. The animal is then released unharmed. This survey enables researchers to monitor the diversity and health of the small mammal population.
Must be able to walk unaided on uneven terrain. Potential for insect bites and stings to occur, so must not be highly allergic to such bites/stings.

140 City Park Road, Boerne, TX 78006
7/10Over
Start: Thu, Oct 11, 8:00AM
End: Thu, Oct 11, 12:00PM
Citizen Scientists search for blotched and diamond back watersnakes. The water snakes are caught when possible, then pit-tagged and released on Saturday. This survey helps researchers monitor the diversity, dispersion and health of the watersnake population.
Requirements: None. If you have a fear of snakes, this survey will help you to learn to respect and appreciate them. Plan on entering the stream to locate the watersnakes. Dress appropriately.

140 City Park Road, Boerne, TX 78006
8/15Over
Start: Thu, Oct 11, 8:00AM
End: Thu, Oct 11, 12:00PM
Riparian woody vegetation assessments are conducted in the fall along transects crossing Cibolo Creek. Woody plants are identified and their trunks are measured using large calipers to assess basal diameter. The data from this survey helps to assess changes in riparian woody plant diversity and facilitates invasive plant occurrence tracking for use during invasive removal projects.

Dress ready for work in the woods and crossing creek if necessary., 140 City Park Road, Boerne, TX 78006
3/10Over
Start: Thu, Oct 11, 1:00PM
End: Thu, Oct 11, 4:00PM
To survey ants, Citizen Scientists place bait on small plastic dishes along a transect. This bait is left out for a minimum of 30 minutes up to several hours. The trays are collected in plastic bags and then refrigerated. The ants are then taken to the lab where they are identified and counted using microscopes. The ant survey allows researchers to monitor ant species diversity.
None, but must be able to walk unaided on uneven terrain. Also persons known to be allergic to insect stings should not participate in this event as ant bites are possible.

140 City Park Road, Boerne, TX 78006
5/10Over
Start: Thu, Oct 11, 2:00PM
End: Thu, Oct 11, 4:00PM
Citizen Scientists search for blotched and diamond back watersnakes. The water snakes are caught when possible, then pit-tagged and released on Saturday. This survey helps researchers monitor the diversity, dispersion and health of the watersnake population.
Requirements: None. If you have a fear of snakes, this survey will help you to learn to respect and appreciate them. Plan on entering the stream to locate the watersnakes. Dress appropriately.

140 City Park Road, Boerne, TX 78006
7/15Over
Start: Thu, Oct 11, 7:00PM
End: Thu, Oct 11, 9:30PM
To conduct this survey, a group of Citizen Scientists head out to the creek after dusk to listen to frog calls, identify the species present and rank the chorus according to the quantity of calls that are heard. This helps researchers monitor amphibian populations, which also provide an indication of water quality. Data collected from this survey is submitted to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Nature Trackers program.
Requirements: None. Must be able to walk unaided on uneven terrain. Bring a flashlight. This survey is conducted at night.

Meet on the back porch, behind the Visitor's center, 140 City Park Road, Boerne, TX 78006
7/12Over

Name & TimeDescriptionPositions
 
Start: Fri, Oct 12, 8:00AM
End: Fri, Oct 12, 12:00PM
A team of Citizen Scientists assess stream flow and sample macro-invertebrates, fish and other aquatic organisms alongside biologists from the San Antonio River Authority (SARA). The macro-invertebrate samples are taken to the CNC lab where they are identified and counted using microscopes at a later date. Macro-invertebrates are biological indicators of water quality.
No pre-qualifications are needed for the field work. Identification of the macro-invertebrates in the lab require a working knowledge or familiarity with the different classes of macro-invertebrates and occurs at at later date and time.

To assist, 140 City Park Road, Boerne, TX 78006
8/10Over
Start: Fri, Oct 12, 8:00AM
End: Fri, Oct 12, 12:00PM
The exotic plant removal team will remove exotic invasive and sometimes opportunistic native plants that are encroaching areas where they don't belong. Bring Lopers if you have them. Other tools may be requested by the team leaders.
Must be able to walk over rough terrain while carrying equipment that will be used for plant removal.
Potential for insect bites. Dress appropriately for field work.

140 City Park Road, Boerne, TX 78006
5/15Over
Start: Fri, Oct 12, 8:00AM
End: Fri, Oct 12, 12:00PM
Plant enthusiasts and beginners alike survey several transects in the prairie to determine vegetation type, including forbs and grasses, and to assess ground cover. Using this data, researchers can assess changes in plant composition over time.
Requirements: None, however it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that participants attend the Prairie Vegetation Review that occurs on Wednesday 9am-Noon, the day before the actual survey. This survey requires bending and stooping on sometimes uneven terrain. There is also exposure to sun, wind and sometimes rain and potential for insect bites.
This shift will only be needed if the survey is not completed during the Thursday morning shift.

140 City Park Road, Boerne, TX 78006
3/15Over
Start: Fri, Oct 12, 8:00AM
End: Fri, Oct 12, 12:00PM
Citizen Scientists set and bait small (Sherman live) traps along transects in the tall grass prairie and woodland at the Nature Center. The following morning, the traps are checked for small mammals. Captured mammals are documented and a small clipping of hair is removed from the animal to mark that it has been captured. The animal is then released unharmed. This survey enables researchers to monitor the diversity and health of the small mammal population.
Must be able to walk unaided on uneven terrain. Potential for insect bites and stings to occur, so must not be highly allergic to such bites/stings.

140 City Park Road, Boerne, TX 78006
4/10Over
Start: Fri, Oct 12, 8:00AM
End: Fri, Oct 12, 12:00PM
Citizen Scientists search for blotched and diamond back watersnakes. The water snakes are caught when possible, then pit-tagged and released on Saturday. This survey helps researchers monitor the diversity, dispersion and health of the reptile population.
None. If you have a fear of snakes, this survey will help you to learn to respect and appreciate them.

140 City Park Road, Boerne, TX 78006
4/15Over
Start: Fri, Oct 12, 8:00AM
End: Fri, Oct 12, 12:00PM
Riparian woody vegetation assessments are conducted in the fall along transects crossing Cibolo Creek. Woody plants are identified and their trunks are measured using large calipers to assess basal diameter. The data from this survey helps to assess changes in riparian woody plant diversity and facilitates invasive plant occurrence tracking for use during invasive removal projects.

140 City Park Road, Boerne, TX 78006
4/10Over
Start: Fri, Oct 12, 1:00PM
End: Fri, Oct 12, 2:00PM
Team will identify and count the ant species retrieved during the Wednesday and Thursday collections.

140 City Park Road, Boerne, TX 78006
3/5Over
Start: Fri, Oct 12, 2:00PM
End: Fri, Oct 12, 4:00PM
Citizen Scientists search for blotched and diamond back watersnakes. The water snakes are caught when possible, then pit-tagged and released on Saturday. This survey helps researchers monitor the diversity, dispersion and health of the watersnake population.
Requirements: None. If you have a fear of snakes, this survey will help you to learn to respect and appreciate them. Plan on entering the stream to locate the watersnakes. Dress appropriately.

140 City Park Road, Boerne, TX 78006
7/15Over

Name & TimeDescriptionPositions
 
Start: Sat, Oct 13, 8:00AM
End: Sat, Oct 13, 10:00AM
Citizen Scientists will check traps for small mammals. Captured mammals are documented and released unharmed. As the last date of this survey, the traps will be picked up and returned to storage. This survey enables researchers to monitor the diversity and health of the small mammal population.
Must be able to walk unaided on uneven terrain. Potential for insect bites and stings to occur, so must NOT be highly allergic to such bites/stings.

140 City Park Road, Boerne, TX 78006
10/10Over
Start: Sat, Oct 13, 10:00AM
End: Sat, Oct 13, 12:00PM
Snakes caught during surveys will be staged for photography while discussion about the species occurs. Watersnakes caught will be scanned for prior microchips. Microchips will be placed in watersnakes not previously tagged, with the help of citizen scientists. After the tagging, the snakes will be released unharmed to the same locations where they were captured.

140 City Park Road, Boerne, TX 78006
20/20Over