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Shunga Bioblitz

About

TAS hosts a Bioblitz in the parks along Shunga Creek in southwest Topeka every year. The bioblitz brings together people who love nature and appreciate its diversity. People comb the nearly 300 acre area looking for all kinds of plants and animals. Anyone who is interested in learning more about the natural world is encouraged to attend.

2012 Bioblitz

The 2012 Bioblitz took place Friday May 18 to Sunday May 20, 2012.  Results will be posted soon.

2011 Results 

TAS hosted the first Topeka area Bioblitz in the parks along Shunga Creek in southwest Topeka. It took place on April 16, 2011 from 6am to 11pm (park hours). See lists of all organisms found at the 2011 Shunga Bioblitz Results

Who can participate

If you like the natural world, you can participate. Both experts and amateurs are encouraged to attend.There are different "walks" scheduled throughout the weekend focusing on animals and plants. Come for an hour or spend the day with us.

What is a Bioblitz

A BioBlitz is a study where a group of volunteers conduct a one day intensive biological inventory, attempting to identify and record all species of living organisms in a given area. Some types of organisms we hope to inventory: Plants, Fungus, Insects, Spiders, Reptiles, Amphibians, Fish, Birds, and Mammals

Bioblitz Location

The bioblitz takes place in a complex of parks along Shunga Creek in southwest Topeka. This Complex of parks includes Wells Park, Warren Nature Area, and Big Shunga Park. Shunga Creek runs through the south edge of the area. There is a wetland in the center of Warren Nature Area. Woodlands are mostly along the creek and grasslands are found north of the creek. The total area is estimated to be about 300 acres.The area is bordered by Gage Blvd on the west, the VA & KNI on the north, Macvicar on the east, and 29th Street on the south.  
Meet at the Felker Park Parking Lot, 2540 SW Gage Blvd, near the Bocci Ball Courts at the east end of the parking lot.

Itinerary

The following itinerary is tentative, and subject to change. We will meet at the east end of the Felker Park Parking Lot, except where noted. If you would like to lead a group, change your starting time, or have questions contact us.
 

Species Found

All sightings of all organisms should be submitted to TAS in the form of a spreadsheet, with the exception of birds. Data from the bioblitz will be posted on the TAS website.

How to Participate

Anyone can attend. Just let us know that you are coming or not. Fill out this form if you plan to attend or if your would like to be notified of the results from the bioblitz.  If you have questions, contact us.
 
 

GIS Map of Area

The Shawnee County GIS map of Frank Warren Park

Google Map of Area

 

Google Map

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