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Celebrating Centennial Blitz 2016 in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

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Are you interested in newts, plants, butterflies, owls, or other wildlife? If so, you are invited to join Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks’ staff in a BioBlitz Series—a series of outdoor activities to search for, observe, photograph, capture/release, identify, and record a host of diverse critters and plants found in these parks. BioBlitz events are geared for ages 5 – Adult. Each BioBlitz is open to a limited number of participants and varies in meeting time and location, hike difficulty, subject matter, and equipment. The BioBlitz Series is sponsored by the National Park Service, in cooperation with the Sequoia Parks Conservancy, as part of a nationwide celebration of the Centennial Anniversary of the National Park Service.


CENTENNIAL BLITZ

DATE: Saturday, May 21, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Sequoia National Park. All BioBlitz activities will be held in Sequoia National Park—with most in the foothills (lower elevations). A few activities will be located at Moro Rock and Lodgepole.

AGE RANGE: 5 years to adult

PHYSICAL FITNESS: All locations are at least a 10-minute walk over uneven terrain to the survey site. Some locations are farther away. You must be able to stand for at least an hour outside in possibly inclement or hot weather. See the complete volunteer job description below.

BRING/WEAR:

  • Be prepared in case you get wet, as this may be possible on some surveys.

  • Dress in layers, as conditions can change rapidly.

  • Wear sturdy shoes for on- and off-trail walking.

  • Make sure to bring water and a snack.

  • Check the weather before arrival and be prepared—it could be sunny and hot or cold and rainy.

  • If your survey will be conducted in the late evening, bring a flashlight.

PROVIDED: The Park will provide guides to lead the hikes and identify plants and/or animals. There will have devices to record observations electronically and on paper. With the exception of bird surveys, where participants will be required to bring their own binoculars, sites will have specialized survey equipment available for participants’ use during the event.

MEETING TIMES / LOCATIONS: Meeting times and locations vary depending upon the survey. Meeting information for individual surveys is available below. Please arrive at the indicated meeting location 10 minutes prior to the survey’s start time.

TRANSPORTATION REQUIREMENTS: No four-wheel drive required. Arrive at meeting location 10 minutes prior to survey start time.

SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS: Some of the surveys take place at rocky streams. All of the surveys take place outdoors. The ground is uneven, and there are overhanging trees and other vegetation. Slippery boulders are common. Ticks, rattlesnakes, poison oak, and heat are all potential hazards.

CANCELLATION POLICY: This event will occur rain or shine. However, if insufficient participants sign up, we may reduce the number of surveys or cancel the entire event. Cancellation notices will be provided one week prior to the event.

CAPACITY BY EVENT: Each specific survey site will have a maximum of 20 participants. Register for your choice of topic and time slot.

ENTRANCE FEE: Your park entrance fee will be waived for participating in the event. Please print and bring your signed volunteer agreement with you to the event, and show it to the entrance station staff. The agreement can be printed and signed here. Please note: The fee waiver is valid only while participating in the BioBlitz. Should you decide to recreate in the parks prior to or after the event, you will be subject to a park entrance fee.

SURVEY SITE DESCRIPTIONS: Each survey site allows for 20 participants. You will be notified if a survey for which you have registered is full. There are multiple survey sites. Each site will require one or more miles of hiking on paved, developed, or undeveloped hiking trails. These are considered physically moderate activities.

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(Source: National Park Service)

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