Prairie enthusiasts join biologists for BioBlitz

By Emily Gustafson

The Missouri Prairie Foundation (MPF) hosted its 12th Annual Prairie BioBlitz on June 3-4 at Carver Prairie near Diamond. 

June 3 was also National Prairie Day, founded by MPF.

About 70 prairie enthusiasts joined biologists and volunteer naturalists for field study groups, a fish fry and potluck dinner, and tent camping on the prairie. 

Dr. Sean Maher of Missouri State University uses a skull to help answer questions about mammalian life on Carver Prairie. (Hayley Howard)

Storms blew over during the afternoon, but brought much-needed relief to the early summer heat while participants learned about native prairie plants, identified butterflies and bumblebees, got up-close to amphibians, reptiles, and small mammals, and observed insects like ants and leaf beetles in their natural habitat.

Local bluegrass band No Apparent Reason played a set after the potluck. 

Missouri Prairie Foundation board member Doug Helmers shows how to identify and record bumble bees for the Bumble Bee Atlas. (Hayley Howard)

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