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Free Admission!

Fall 2018

Event Overview

BioBlitz 2012_0265BioBlitz is a fun-filled family event not to be missed! Explore nature through hikes, hands-on activities and live animal presentations.

  • See live birds of prey
  • Net butterflies
  • Prowl for plants
  • See live animals up close and personal,
    including bird banding
  • See live bats
  • Experience electrofishing in the Pine & Chippewa Rivers
  • Prowl for owls
  • Search for mussels in the river

(Schedule subject to change)

Venture out and celebrate nature at BioBlitz! See live birds of prey, mammals, amphibians, reptiles and fish up close. Explore the outdoors with scientists and naturalists while getting your hands on nature. Discover the region’s biodiversity as we investigate the rivers, ponds, forests and fields of Chippewa Nature Center. People of all ages will find something of interest in the variety of programs including hikes, live animal programs, kids’ discovery stations and an indoor lab. Learn about scientific survey techniques and try your hand using aerial nets, dippers, aquatic nets, binoculars or bug boxes.

Be sure to visit Little Forks Conservancy, Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy and Saginaw Valley State University in the River Overlook inside the Visitor Center!

BioBlitz Schedule

Fri, Sept 16 
4:30-7:30 pmBird Banding at the Wetlands
6-8 pmKids Discovery Tent
6-9:30 pmIndoor Nature Lab
6:30-7:30 pmLive Bats of Michigan program by Organization for Bat Conservation
7:45-9 pmMammal Hike
8-8:45 pmBat Walk by Organization for Bat Conservation
8-9:30 pmOwl Prowl
8-9:30 pmNocturnal Insect Collecting
8:30-9:30 pmNight Lighting for Wildlife

Sat, Sept 17 
8 am- 4 pmBird Banding at the Wetlands
8 am- 4 pmKids Discovery Tent
8 am- 4 pmIndoor Nature Lab
8:30-10:30 am Bird Hike
9-10 am Small Mammal Collecting
9-11 am Electrofishing in the Chippewa River
9-11 am Aquatic Invertebrate Collecting
9:30-11 am Salamander Search
10 am-12:30 pmKids Exploration Trail
10 am-12 pmFace Painting
10 am-4 pmLive Michigan Reptiles & Amphibians by Nature’s Discovery – Indoor Nature Lab
10-11 am Live Birds of Prey program by Wildlife Recovery Association
10-11 am Finding Fungi
10:30-11:30 amInvestigating Insects
11 am-12 pm Wildflower Walk
11 am-12 pm Mussels in the Mud
11 am-12 pm Butterfly Walk
11:30 am-12:30 pmLive Snakes of Michigan
12:30-2 pm Turtle Trek
12:30-1:30 pmSmall Mammal Collecting
1-3 pm Electrofishing in the Chippewa River
1-3 pm Kids Exploration Trail Stations
1-4 pm Monarch Butterfly Tagging
1:30-2:30 pmLive Birds of Prey program by Wildlife Recovery Association
1:30-2:30 pmWildflower Walk
2-3 pm Investigating Insects
2-4 pm Face Painting
2:30-3:30 pmDrone Demonstration
3-4 pm Live Reptiles and Amphibians
3-4 pm Mussels in the Mud
3-4 pm Finding Fungi

FOOD CONCESSIONS by the Studley Grange
Fri, Sept 16 – Time TBD (snacks available for purchase)
Sat, Sept 17 –  10 am-4 pm (full menu available for purchase)

2016 Sponsors




Arbury Insurance Agency








Dr. Marianne & Frederick McKelvy

Jim Malek

F.R. and Gloria Lehman

Mark G. and Katherine Robertson
James and Mary Yeomans