Nature Walk planned at Starved Rock State Park


LaSALLE – LaSalle Public Library will host a BioBlitz Nature Discovery Walk at Starved Rock State Park from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 28. Adults and families are invited to experience nature close up in this free fun event that is educational and a real contribution to the scientific community.

Using the free iNaturalist app, participants will observe and photograph flora and fauna as they explore the trails at Starved Rock. Every documented observation can contribute to biodiversity science. From the rarest salamander to backyard birds to common weeds, participants will upload observations to scientific data repositories like the Global Biodiversity Information Facility to help scientists, worldwide, find and use the information.

Participants will meet library staff outside the Starved Rock Visitor Center by 8:15 a.m. Library staff will discuss park rules, trails and terrain, goals of the BioBlitz, as well as assist participants in downloading the free iNaturalist app. As this event is outdoors, participants should dress appropriately for hiking and consider protection from the sun, insects and weather. The BioBlitz will take place rain or shine, unless there is a risk of dangerous weather or heavy downpours. To confirm that the BioBlitz is a “go,” the library will confirm via email with all registered participants by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 27.

The BioBlitz Nature Discovery Walk is part of Pollinator Pathways, a community project to provide awareness about wild bees and pollinators. Pollinator Pathways is funded through #PlantWildflowers Initiative, supported by Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s (HHMI) Tangled Bank Studios, PBS Nature, World Wildlife Fund, and Air Wick Scented Oils.

This program is free, open to the public, but does require registration. Participation is limited to 50. Register online only at – https://bit.ly/3sgOXGQ. All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. The LaSalle Public Library is located at 305 Marquette, LaSalle, and is ADA compliant and welcoming.  For more information, contact the library by calling 815-223-2341.

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