Apply for a BioBlitz

The mission of the WakeNature Preserves Partnership (WNPP) is to organize and provide resources to identify ecologically valuable, publicly owned open spaces within Wake County, NC, and to build capacity for appropriate management and long-term stewardship of those areas. One of the goals associated with this mission is to “develop the organizational capacity to conduct natural resource inventories on and develop management plans for Preserves.”

In keeping with this goal the WNPP has conducted roughly one bioblitz per year and produced a report, among other materials, detailing the results. Signed member organizations will receive priority. If your organization is not a member, you are welcome to apply for bioblitz, and we encourage you to contact our steering committee for more information about becoming a signed member: https://wakenature.wordpress.com/become-a-member/

The purpose of this announcement is to solicit proposals for a bioblitz to be conducted by volunteer subject matter experts on a parcel belonging to a member agency. The inventory will take place on a Friday or Saturday in late April or early May, date to-be– determined by WNPP and the host organization. A report of the findings, general species lists, and locations of rare or unusual habitats will be provided to the member agency responsible for the property.

Proposals should include sufficient information for reviewers to understand the following:

* Location and size of the parcel being proposed for inventory

* A preliminary description of the existing character of the site (i.e. – approximate percentages of forested, open field, cutover, wetland etc.)

* Existing knowledge or expectations of element occurrences or sensitive habitats on the site based on natural heritage maps

* Anticipated future use of the site and the process being used to make those decisions

* Timeline for decision making and development of the site

Proposals will be evaluated based on the relative importance of the sites proposed from a natural heritage perspective. Additional consideration will be given to how the information collected will impact decision making on the site. Time sensitivity relative to when planning and management decisions will be made by the responsible agency may also be taken into account.

The recipient agency will be expected to provide a briefing document to WNPP roughly one month prior to the bioblitz activity. This document is anticipated as an expansion on the information provided in response to this solicitation and will be used to plan the site visit. The briefing document should not exceed 3 to 5 pages and will contain information found mostly online (aerial photos, soils map, land use history, etc.) and supplemented by any existing information the agency may have such as species lists, location of sensitive/unique habitats, or any specific questions the agency is interested in having addressed.

The recipient agency must agree to have staff available on the day of the bioblitz to help inventory biologists and others with logistics. Some agencies in the past have provided lunch for participants; while this is appreciated, this is not necessary for consideration of an application. Inventory biologists will volunteer their time, and thus we cannot be sure all taxa will be surveyed. In addition, the WakeNature Preserves Partnership cannot guarantee that all biological communities and/or physical elements of the site will be surveyed to the extent desired by the recipient agency.

Recipient agencies will be asked to promote the services performed by WNPP via a press release, newsletter, and/or social media posts after the bioblitz is completed.

Current members in good standing with the WakeNature Preserves Partnership are encouraged to submit a proposal of no more than one single-spaced page in 12 point font with 1” margins to John Connors, Inventory Chair, at jconnorsbird@gmail.com by end of business 3/1/2019. Contact: John Connors at 919-755-0253 with any questions on this solicitation or membership in WNPP.

Read about the 2018 bioblitz done at Procter Farm Preserve: https://wakenature.wordpress.com/2018/12/07/proctor-farm-preserve-bioblitz/
and the 2016 bioblitz at Triangle Land Conservancy’s Walnut Hill in 2016: https://www.triangleland.org/company-news/bioblitz-sarah-bailey-williamson-preserve-walnut-hill

For more information please contact: John Connors at jconnorsbird@gmail.com

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