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Become a citizen scientist during Wildlife Field Research at Cibolo Nature Center Oct. 8-13

Event includes monarch butterfly study and survey Oct. 12-13

Cibolo Nature Center
September 27, 2012

BOERNE, Texas—Volunteers interested in learning about Hill Country wildlife and contributing to its scientific study are encouraged to become citizen scientists during the Wildlife Field Research “bio-blitz” taking place Oct. 8-13 at the Cibolo Nature Center. Wildlife Field Research is free and open to participants of all ages and skill levels.

Participants will choose to join teams led by experienced researchers for training and hands-on training in the study of mammals, insects, reptiles, birds, grasses, trees, and fish and other aquatic species at the Cibolo Nature Center. Teams will work together at various times during the six-day event and beyond to survey and collect data on wildlife. Team members will be provided lunch while working on surveys. Wildlife Field Research is funded by donations to the non-profit Cibolo Nature Center.

During Wildlife Field Research, a special workshop on Monarch Biology, Ecology and Research will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 12, during which participants can learn about the natural history and life cycle of this imperiled butterfly from some of the top monarch educators in Texas, Mary Kennedy, Kip Kiphart and Cathy Downs. The workshop will be followed from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 13 by the Monarch Larval Monitoring Project, during which participants will receive in-depth, hands-on training in the tools and techniques of monitoring monarch larvae and habitat and then visit the Cibolo Nature Center’s Monarch Research Area to perform a habitat assessment and monitor monarch density.

All attendees will be invited to the Citizen Science Seminar Presentations followed by dinner from 4 to 8 p.m. Oct. 12. Guest speaker Joseph Bergmann will discuss freshwater mussels and the importance of mussel conservation during Mussel Aches and Pains: Discovering a Hidden Treasure, and speaker Dr. Rebecca Sam will talk about the Taxonomy, Phylogeny and Biogeography of the Net-winged Midges of Madagascar, explaining recent research about these unusual flies that are uniquely adapted for life in torrential streams.

There is no fee for participants in Wildlife Field Research, although membership in the Cibolo Nature Center is encouraged and donations are requested for participants in monarch butterfly activities to support monarch research and conservation. Advance registration is required; to register or learn more, visit www.WildlifeFieldResearch.org.

Wildlife Field Research is an important component of the Cibolo Nature Center’s Citizen Science Research Program. The mission of the Citizen Science Research Program is to provide research-based information and practices to conserve and reclaim the natural resources and biodiversity of our region. Field research events are conducted annually in the spring and the fall.

Volunteer citizen scientists are the core of the Cibolo Nature Center’s wildlife field research efforts and work under the guidance of the CNC Research Committee. The program is a long-term wildlife monitoring project begun in 1998. It includes surveys to establish baseline conditions for plant and animal populations at the CNC. In addition, some of these surveys monitor the effects of various land management practices on plant and animal populations. As the CNC develops effective environmental survey techniques, this information is provided to citizens for improving stewardship on private properties.

The Cibolo Nature Center in Boerne is located on 162 acres of natural lands at Boerne City Park off Highway 46 just west of the Kendall County Fairgrounds. The Cibolo Nature Center’s mission is conservation of natural resources through education and stewardship. Visit the CNC online at http://www.cibolo.org or call (830) 249-4616 to learn more.

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