October 3-5, 2014
Black Kettle National Grasslands, Washita Battlefield National Historic Site, and City of Cheyenne, OK
The BioBlitz! inventory will begin on Friday October 3rd and end on Saturday October 5th - but the fun doesn't end there! Plan to stay another night and enjoy the region after the biodiversity rush!
For 2014, BioBlitz! Oklahoma will explore the extensive lands of the Black Kettle National Grassland and Washita Battlefield National Historic Site with Base Camp located in the heart of Cheyenne, Oklahoma at the Memorial Park.
Black Kettle NG is over 30,000 acres across approximately 100 tracts of
land. Our inventory will focus on only a few of the tracks,
covering the wide variety of habitats. From shortgrass flats to
bottomlands, along the Washita River, from the rough broken country of
the red plains to the steep canyon sides, the diverse terrain creates a
fascinating heterogeneous landscape for us to investigate in
2014. You'll find shinnery oak mottes, wetlands surrounded by
buttonbush, grasses mixed with sagebrush, and more at BioBlitz!
2014. Included in the inventory will be the 315 acres of the
Washita Battlefield NHS and the small acreage of Cheyenne's Memorial
Memorial Park will be the site of the BioBlitz! 2014 Base Camp. Located adjacent to a large tract of National Grassland, the park will be a great starting point for many walking activities. Here we will have the registration and information table, free tent camping, snacks, and identification areas. However, you will need a vehicle to travel to the Washita Battlefield and other interesting habitats within the Black Kettle Grasslands. Expect that several scheduled activities will require transportation to another location.
In addition to the biological inventory, you can take advantage of some of the cultural resources in Cheyenne. Interpreters from the Washita Battlefield NHS will provide a special historical program for BioBlitz! attendees. Also, Memorial Park is the site of several local museums which you can visit during the weekend. And kids can be kept active at the park's playground.
Changes in this Year's Event
This year the Friday night meal is not included in the registration fee. We are currently exploring options with local groups who may want to offer a simple meal as a fundraiser. However, there are two restaurants and several convenience stores within a couple miles of Base Camp. Saturday light breakfast will be provided.
More activities after the inventory! On Saturday evening, there will be a guided walk covering the history of the Washita Battlefield and an Night Sky Program with telescope viewing.
This year's BioBlitz! t-shirts will be made in the USA with 100% organic cotton. Choosing this more responsibly manufactured shirt has increased the cost. However, you may opt out of receiving a shirt and thus be given a discount. The t-shirt design is not finalized, but will feature a dragonfly, the Flame Skimmer.
The official BioBlitz! tent camping site will be at Memorial Park in Cheyenne, also the site of Base Camp. Alcohol consumption is prohibited on City of Cheyenne park grounds, including the Base Camp area. Participants may also choose to camp at the recreation areas on the National Grassland. See their mapfor information.
One of the sites within the inventory is the Washita Battlefield National Historic Site. The site protects and interprets the setting along the Washita River where Lt. Col. George A. Custer led the 7th U.S. Cavalry on a surprise dawn attack against the Southern Cheyenne village of Peace Chief Black Kettle on November 27, 1868. The attack was an important event in the tragic clash of cultures of the Indian Wars era.
The nature of this sacred site influences the type of BioBlitz! activities held at this location. At the Battlefield, BioBlitz! participants should remain on marked trails, not physically collect any specimens, limit inventory activities to observations and pictures, and visit only during daytime. BioBlitz! and National Park Service staff thank you for respecting the moving story of this important historic place.
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BioBlitz! is a project of the Oklahoma Biological Survey and the University of Oklahoma. For more information contact the BioBlitz! Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org or 405-325-7658.