Photograph courtesy National Park Service
BioBlitz 2013: Inventory Team Opportunities/Public Registration Now Open
The Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve BioBlitz will offer exciting opportunities for anyone interested in science and nature to accompany scientists on a biological field inventory in the park. Scientists will focus on different taxonomic groups, such as birds, insects, or plants in each inventory. Participants can sign up for these free inventories based on their interest and availability and will learn about a group of species and how to sample and identify them. While there may be open spots on inventory teams the day of the event, advance online registration is required to ensure a spot on an inventory team. Registration links can be found at the bottom of this page.
Most inventories will be two- to three-hours–long. The land-based inventory teams will meet at BioBlitz Base Camp in the Barataria Preserve. Land-based inventory team participants should park at Bayou Segnette State Park and ride the free shuttle to the preserve. Plan to arrive at Bayou Segnette State Park one hour before inventory departure time to allow ample time for travel and registration. (See transportation notes below).
Boat-based inventory teams will leave from three different boat docks and participants will drive directly to those sites. One of the boat launches is at Bayou Segnette State Park and the two others are located in or near the Barataria Preserve. Participants will receive confirmation of locations with maps and parking directions in a follow-up email.
Inventories scheduled for late Friday night and early Saturday morning will take place in locations where participants can park on site. Details including confirmation of locations with maps and parking directions will be sent in a follow-up email after participants have registered.
If you can’t participate in an inventory, come to the Biodiversity Festival at the Barataria Preserve and enjoy hands-on science activities, exhibitors, speakers, music, art, and more! The festival is free, family-friendly, and suitable for explorers of all ages. No registration is needed for the festival. All Biodiversity Festival parking will take place at Bayou Segnette State Park. Free shuttles will transport festival-goers. Handicapped-accessible shuttles will be available.
Parking and Transportation
There is no parking at the Barataria Preserve during BioBlitz and the festival. All BioBlitz and Festival Parking will be located at the Bayou Segnette State Park, 7777 West Bank Expressway, Westwego, Louisiana. BioBlitz and festival participants will take free shuttle buses to the Barataria Preserve and inventory launch sites. Boat-based inventories will depart from Bayou Segnette State Park and two other boat launches and a select number of night and early morning land-based inventories will have parking on site. Registered team members will receive a follow-up email, which will confirm all details. So unless notified, plan on parking at Bayou Segnette State Park.
Because the shuttle will take some time, make sure you park at least one hour prior to land-based inventory departure times. Better yet, come early and enjoy the Biodiversity Festival from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday. Handicapped–accessible shuttles will be available from Bayou Segnette State Park.
All inventory participants will need good hiking (close-toed) shoes, a hat, sunscreen, insect repellant, water, long pants, and a snack. While most teams won't cover more than 1.5 miles, you need to be prepared to walk and assist in the field.
Important Points for Field Inventory Participants
• All minors (under 18) must be accompanied by a responsible adult. In general, inventory teams are best suited for ages 8 and older. There will be many hands-on and educational activities at the BioBlitz Festival that appeal to all ages including younger children.
• Plan to park at Bayou Segnette State Park and be shuttled into the Barataria Preserve for all land-based inventory teams. You then will check in and meet your inventory team leader at BioBlitz Base Camp. Please check in at least 15 minutes before your team is scheduled to depart. Again, these details will be included in follow-up confirmation communications.
• If you need to cancel or make a change to your registration, please contact Catherine Workman at firstname.lastname@example.org. Once you have registered on the online site, an administrator must make any changes.
• Enjoy the Biodiversity Festival before and after your land inventory on Friday and Saturday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Every participant (or parent/guardian of a minor) must print, sign, and turn in the liability waiver before participating in the BioBlitz. Printed copies will be available on site as well.
Download Liability Waiver (PDF)
Online Registration for Inventory Teams
Advance registration on this site is required to reserve a space on an inventory team. Individuals can register up to 5 people at one time. We expect spots to fill quickly, so it is best to register soon. Online registration will close May 12. On-site registration will be available for remaining spots on teams on a first-come, first-served basis. Scientists and K-12 teachers who have already registered do not need to register again.
Registration for the BioBlitz Species Inventories has closed. However, there may still be slots available. Please check in at the registration tent, at the Biodiversity Festival to find out about ticket availability. The Biodiversity Festival is located at the Barataria Preserve. Free parking and shuttle service will be located at Bayou Segnette State Park, 7777 West Bank Expressway, Westwego, LA, 70094. The festival will take place on Friday and Saturday, May 17 and 18, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Questions can be directed to email@example.com
• Friday Early Afternoon Inventories
• Friday Late Afternoon Inventories
• Friday Night Inventories
• Saturday Early Morning Inventories
• Saturday Morning Inventories
• Saturday Afternoon Inventories
We look forward to seeing you at BioBlitz. In the meantime if you have any questions, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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