BioBlitz! Annual rapid inventory of Oklahoma's Biodiversity
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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.

The 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 Park. 

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 free tent camping, meals, and identification areas.  However, you will need a vehicle to travel to the Washita Battlefield and many of the other interesting tracts of grassland.  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.


Registration information and schedule details will be available in the Spring of 2014.

What should I bring to BioBlitz!?

Be sure to check the weather forecast and be prepared for a variety of conditions.  BioBlitz! has seen day time highs in the 90s and night time lows in the 40s, fierce winds and rain, and hot sun to grey skys.









BioBlitz! is a project of the Oklahoma Biological Survey and the University of Oklahoma. For more information contact the BioBlitz! Committee at prill@ou.edu or 405-325-7658.