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The blitz officially begins Friday morning at 6:00 AM and wraps up Saturday at 6:00 PM. More information can be found at the Little River Canyon Center (472 AL Hwy 35, Fort Payne). There is free Wi-Fi in the Center where participants can sync observations if they choose to not do so in the field. There will also be a table with field guides to help you key out your observations.

Friday night, we will be black-lighting for insects as well as night hiking along the river down at Canyon Mouth Park from 7:00 to ~10:00. Participants can meet at the Canyon Center to carpool, or just meet us down there. The gates will be open and there is no charge.

We only have two hikes scheduled on Saturday….one at 8:00am and the other at 12:00pm. Both hikes are on the DeSoto Scout Trail, just different segments. Meet at the Canyon Center at the designated times and participants need to carpool and high clearance vehicle is needed. The hikes are strenuous, so take plenty of water and wear the appropriate shoes/clothing. Please note, there will be lots of poisonous ivy, so be aware.

If you want a more simple hike, try Beaver Pond Trail or the Bridge Trail or even the trail down at Canyon Mouth Park that follows the river where it meets Johnnie’s Creek. These are easy hiking and you can document plants and animals along the way. For a bigger adventure, try Powell, Eberhart, or Lower Two-Mile Trails that take down into the belly of the mountain to the river below. They are strenuous hikes, but worth the effort.

Be sure to bring lots of water & snacks, insect repellent, and sunscreen. Also, pack a lunch for your trek. Be prepared for hiking in woodlands, wading the river & streams, and/or sloshing through a wetland, so in addition to your hiking boots, you may want to bring river sandals and rubber boots too!

Posted by maryshew maryshew, May 14, 2019 23:05

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Hey, I have 6 observations that did not automatically sync to the bioblitz. Is there a way to manually add them?

Posted by daniel_folds 3 months ago (Flag)
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Hey Daniel! I'm glad you made it out again to our blitz. The only reason, so far, that some observations aren't showing up is because they fell outside of the boundary. Did you check the locations? Otherwise, there is no way to manually add the project. I see your other ob's added, so hopefully it's just the location. Let me know if that helps or not.
---Mary

Posted by maryshew 3 months ago (Flag)
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Yea I now see that the beginning of Powell Trail isn't in the boundary of the preserve so that explains that. Thanks! There were however two other observations that I know of that were photographed in the preserve, in the river actually, that did not sync. I took photos of blue shiners underwater in their natural habitat (not handled) on each day of the bioblitz. I know iNaturalist automatically obscures the location of protected species and that it is probably showing them as from another county on the map but I can still see the correct location and iNaturalist knows the correct location so I'm wondering if that randomly generated marker has to be placed in the preserve for it to count. I wouldn't think so but I guess that may just be it. Thanks

Posted by daniel_folds 3 months ago (Flag)
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Yeah, the trailhead at Powell is within the Preserve, I just have to figure out how to get that adjusted with the iNat folks. Some other people were adjusting their locations to the edge of the green and just making note it was further towards the trailhead.

Nice job on the blue shiner! I'm looking forward to seeing those ob's. Not until after I created the project did I find out that Collection Projects won't allow me to see true locations of obscured ob's, without your consent. If you don't mind, look about and see if there is somewhere in those ob's that you can give the project manager access to the location. I think that's how it works. I haven't looked into it yet.

Thanks!

Posted by maryshew 3 months ago (Flag)

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