Put it in your calendar! April 5 - 8 in Del Rio, Texas...

Friends, mark your calendars. April 5 - 8 (roughly -- maybe longer, if folks want) around Del Rio, Texas -- bioblitz/gathering!

I'm still working on the details, but after talking to some folks, it looks like April 5 - 8 is going to be the target time... Hopefully we get some winter rains that will cause the plants to bloom and bugs to come out. :)

Looking at a few places around Del Rio that we may go:
Amistad National Recreational Area: https://www.nps.gov/amis/index.htm
Devils River State Natural Area: https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/devils-river
Seminole Canyon State Park: https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/seminole-canyon
Kickapoo Cavern State Park: https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/kickapoo-cavern

Again, I'm still working on details of stuff, but mark your calendar if you think you might be interested in gathering with some fellow iNatters for camaraderie and seeing lots of cool things.

פורסם על-ידי sambiology sambiology, ספטמבר 25, 2017 03:15 לפנה"צ


Definitely, keep me posted as it gets closer. It's too far away to consider right now, but would be fun if I can make it work.

פורסם על-ידי nathantaylor לפני בערך 4 שנים (סמן)

Definitely interested - I will put a little parentheses around these dates. @tui

פורסם על-ידי gyrrlfalcon לפני בערך 4 שנים (סמן)

Only 192 days to go!!

פורסם על-ידי kimberlietx לפני בערך 4 שנים (סמן)

This sounds great! Marked on my calendar.

פורסם על-ידי naturemom לפני בערך 4 שנים (סמן)

"I'm so excited, and I just can't hide it!" (Quoted from the Pointer Sisters song, back from my younger days when the music was really good.)

Such great areas to explore that I have heard about but have yet to visit!

פורסם על-ידי connlindajo לפני בערך 4 שנים (סמן)

Yep...Far as I know I can do this one as well. There are some interesting areas there.

פורסם על-ידי greglasley לפני בערך 4 שנים (סמן)

One of my favorite parts of Texas, particularly because it's under-explored. Caution, Sam: Your set of destinations are rather spread out--considerable travel distances--and couldn't possibly be done justice in one BioBlitz. I'd suggest picking one or two destinations and doing them thoroughly.

פורסם על-ידי gcwarbler לפני בערך 4 שנים (סמן)

Yeah, I agree with Chuck. There are lots of places right in town as well along the river.

פורסם על-ידי greglasley לפני בערך 4 שנים (סמן)
פורסם על-ידי greglasley לפני בערך 4 שנים (סמן)

Sounds like fun, I think I can join in.

פורסם על-ידי scottbuckel לפני בערך 4 שנים (סמן)

Seminole Canyon was absolutely stunning when we visited earlier this year. The camping facilities were very good, trails well marked, etc. I noticed lots of tent camping with good shelters. For what looked like a moonscape when we first drove up in the late afternoon, became gloriously populated with birds and blooms when the heat wore off and the wind died down.

פורסם על-ידי itmndeborah לפני בערך 4 שנים (סמן)

For those interested, Jackie Poole (1st author of Rare Plants of Texas) created an inventory of the Amistad National Recreation Area: http://w3.biosci.utexas.edu/prc/pdfs/Poole-Lundellia16.pdf. I think Wendy Weckesser has added some species since then, but it should be a very good resource for anyone interested in the plants. I couldn't find a checklist for any of the other spots, but the vegetation should be pretty similar.

פורסם על-ידי nathantaylor לפני בערך 4 שנים (סמן)

Sam, keep me in the loop if you want a bad influence to join ya.

פורסם על-ידי finatic לפני בערך 4 שנים (סמן)

I want to be kept in the loop on this one too. I once had a 6-month job on the Black-capped Vireo along the Devils River and fell in love with the area. Awesome biodiversity.

פורסם על-ידי pileated לפני בערך 4 שנים (סמן)

Sounds like fun.

פורסם על-ידי james5 לפני בערך 4 שנים (סמן)

Don't know if I can join, but adding my comment here to stay informed! Thanks Sam.

פורסם על-ידי muir לפני בערך 4 שנים (סמן)

Oh yes! I went to Kickapoo in the pre-iNat days and vowed to go back to photograph EVERYTHING. Strange, cave tour guide found a scorpion and I was the only person who ran up to see it! Glowing under blacklight and everything. That's the trip I broke my favorite camera on (ironically enough, not until after getting back to the campsite after caving)!

פורסם על-ידי nanofishology לפני בערך 4 שנים (סמן)

Putting it on my calendar! I hope to be able to go. I've got another trip at the end of April.

פורסם על-ידי tadamcochran לפני בערך 4 שנים (סמן)

It's on my calendar, will do everything possible to come.

פורסם על-ידי alisonnorthup לפני בערך 4 שנים (סמן)

It's on my calendar now. Always wanted to go to Devil's River. So that gets my vote for focal point.

פורסם על-ידי brentano לפני בערך 4 שנים (סמן)

I have it set on my calendar. I'm also planning on visiting Big Bend either on the way there or on the return home. Anyone else is free to tag along too.
@robberfly @nathantaylor7583 @gyrrlfalcon @tui @jaykeller

פורסם על-ידי finatic לפני בערך 4 שנים (סמן)

Falls right into Mission Blue monitoring but this kinda of notice is great. Will get it in planner. Thanks, folks..

פורסם על-ידי robberfly לפני בערך 4 שנים (סמן)

I added it to my calendar, thanks to a nudge from @kimberlietx . Better late than never!

פורסם על-ידי amzapp לפני כמעט 4 שנים (סמן)
פורסם על-ידי cosmiccat לפני כמעט 4 שנים (סמן)

That sounds exciting! I've never been to that part of Texas. I'm going to forward this to my TMN chapter in case anyone else wants to go.

Anyway, my vote is for Devil's River.

פורסם על-ידי cosmiccat לפני כמעט 4 שנים (סמן)

Awesome area. Hope to make it there for the even. It is on my calendar.

פורסם על-ידי mikegras לפני כמעט 4 שנים (סמן)

Got my Airline tickets.

פורסם על-ידי james5 לפני כמעט 4 שנים (סמן)

Just heard about this from @greglasley. Not sure how I missed it earlier! Please include me and keep me posted. :-)

פורסם על-ידי beschwar לפני כמעט 4 שנים (סמן)

I would definitely love to join!

פורסם על-ידי birdsandbugs27 לפני כמעט 4 שנים (סמן)

Hey friends,

Just wanted to give a little update on this. I'm in talks with folks at Amistad NRA and Devil's River SNA's. Stay tuned to some more details in another journal post as I try to get some more things ironed out. :)

HUGE thanks to @gcwarbler , @greglasley , and @beschwar for scouting locations and not already observing ALL of the organisms out there... They did leave us some to find. ;) Special thanks to Chuck for a detailed write-up of potential gathering locations. There are lots of good spots around Del Rio (all of which will be new for me!). Just an FYI -- it seems like there are VERY few amenities around these locations. You may want to read up on the proper ways to go potty in nature. ;)

I hear that some folks are planning to go to Big Bend either before or after this event too. As I find out info here, I'll let folks know (if they want company).

Also, I'm making new iNat shirts for this event. Incentive for you to come!!! :-D

פורסם על-ידי sambiology לפני כמעט 4 שנים (סמן)

Marked it on my calendar so hopefully nothing from work comes up and conflicts with it. @finatic I'd definitely like to tag along with you guys at Big Bend if I'm able to make it. I've really wanted to go there for a long time.

פורסם על-ידי matthew_salkiewicz לפני כמעט 4 שנים (סמן)


פורסם על-ידי coreyjlange לפני כמעט 4 שנים (סמן)

Marking in on the calendar, really looking forward to a chance to meet folks in person!

פורסם על-ידי neotomastolemykeys לפני כמעט 4 שנים (סמן)

I'm interested... Just wanted to put my name on this so you don't forget me.

פורסם על-ידי butterflies4fun לפני כמעט 4 שנים (סמן)

Sam.... are April 5-8 definite dates?

פורסם על-ידי connlindajo לפני כמעט 4 שנים (סמן)

pinging @hydaticus
Anybody else we're missing?

פורסם על-ידי nanofishology לפני כמעט 4 שנים (סמן)

Awesome! I think I'll be free for those dates. I've been to Devils River SNA several times--it's always a blast, but getting out there can be difficult. Does anyone have any contacts for caving? There are tons of cool karst inverts that I'd love to see. That area is the only place in TX to see both Amblypygi and Schizomida.

פורסם על-ידי hydaticus לפני כמעט 4 שנים (סמן)

I'm interested! Now hopefully school won't get in the way :)

פורסם על-ידי wildcarrot לפני כמעט 4 שנים (סמן)

Still interested, but April's getting busy...@finatic stay in touch about Big Bend, as I may be in good enough shape to make the Colima Warbler hike now!

פורסם על-ידי gyrrlfalcon לפני כמעט 4 שנים (סמן)

Jenn, the switchbacks to the summit are easily graded, just constant. Take it from your Non-birder pal, you can do it.

פורסם על-ידי robberfly לפני כמעט 4 שנים (סמן)
פורסם על-ידי beschwar לפני כמעט 4 שנים (סמן)

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