2017 is the 75th Anniversary of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWC) Wildlife Management Area system. As part of this year-long celebration, FWC staff will be leading bioblitzes at select Wildlife Management Areas throughout Florida.
Want to be a field biologist for a day? Help discover what lives in Aucilla Wildlife Management Area by taking part in this bioblitz. Spend the day tagging along with teams of experts to search for reptiles, amphibians, birds and insects in a variety of natural habitats. You’ll observe a huge variety of species while documenting your finds with our Florida Nature Tracker program. This provides information directly to FWC biologists and helps them protect the life within these wild areas.
Upon arrival, the 40 participants will be split into three teams with each group surveying a different region of the property along with expert guides. One team will try to locate reptiles and amphibians, one team will search for birds, and the third team will keep their eyes peeled for insects. Each team will get the chance to look for all three taxonomic groups. We welcome all skill levels and interests.
Each team will try to compile the largest list of species and all groups will have the chance to share their finds at the end.
The bioblitz is limited to 40 participants, so register early to reserve a spot!
We are offering free camping for participants at Goose Pasture Campground the nights before and after the bioblitz. On Sunday, the day after the bioblitz, FWC staff will lead a hike along the Aucilla Sinks Trail.
For camping reservations and/or to register for the Sunday Aucilla Sinks hike, contact Liz Sparks email@example.com .
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
This program is suitable for people aged 10 years old and above, ALL interests and skill levels are welcome.
Where will we meet?
Park at the Goose Pasture Campground. Map and directions.
How far will we be walking?
Expect about an hour and a half of exploration per each rotation. Walking distances will vary, however, depending on the location and what you’re looking for.
What can I bring into the event?
Bring water, sturdy shoes, snacks, sunscreen, and a hat. Binoculars (we will have loaner pairs available), butterfly nets, magnifying glasses, and snake sticks will prove useful if you have them. Please bring a camera or cell phone to record your finds.
What creatures are we likely to see?
That’s the fun of a bioblitz! You will see whatever your group is able to find. Because you will be out with highly-experienced naturalists, though, you can expect to see a lot. Check out this eBird checklist to see what bird species are possible.
What is the Florida Nature Tracker program and do I need anything to be involved?
Nature Tracker is a program, run through iNaturalist, which allows anyone to become a citizen scientist. You can upload a photo of any plant or animal, get it identified by other citizen scientists and contribute to our understanding of what lives in Florida’s Wildlife Management Areas.
For more information about the Florida Nature Trackers project visit floridanaturetrackers.com/florida-nature-trackers/projects/
Please download the iNaturalist app or create an account before attending this event. Don’t worry, it’s free! Visit inaturalist.org for more information.
What is Aucilla WMA like?
Please visit the Aucilla WMA website for more information on this area and to view photos of the different habitats there.
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?