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Friday, Jun 22, 2018
– Saturday, Jun 23, 2018

2:00pm – 2:00pm

In partnership with the Guardians of the Prairie and Forest and the Friends of Nahant Marsh, we invite you to join us for the 2018 Nahant Marsh BioBlitz, to be held from 2 p.m. on June 22 to 2 p.m. on June 23.

A BioBlitz is a 24-hour period of intense biological sampling in an attempt to document all living things in a specified area. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to join scientists and naturalists from around the region as they survey mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish plants, insects and much more on our 305- acre forest preserve. This is an exciting chance for citizens to work alongside the experts. The public and media are invited to attend the BioBlitz to watch or assist the scientists in collection or documentation. The free app, iNaturalist, will be used to record all findings for the 2018 Blitz.


Guided hikes, hayrack rides, educational displays, and other hands-on public programs will be offered Friday from 7:30-9:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Species collected by the experts during the BioBlitz will be on display in the Education Center for viewing during public hours.


Guided hayrack rides will leave from the Education Center on the hour.

7:30 p.m., Birds of prey falconry demonstration

8:30 p.m., Owl prowl and frog identification hike


Guided hayrack rides will leave from the Education Center on the hour.

6:30 a.m., Birding hike

8:30 a.m., Bird banding demonstration (to be confirmed)

10:30 a.m., Turtle collection analysis

11:30 a.m., Acoustic bat detection program and analysis

Noon, Guided nature hike

12:30 p.m., Birds of prey falconry demonstration

1 p.m., Fish collection analysis

*Activities may change due to weather, flooding, and other unforeseen events.

All public activities are free. Programs will begin from the wooden benches outside the Education Center. If you wish to attend the early morning birding hike or bird banding demonstration, please register below or call 563.336.3374.

For questions or to register as a volunteer, contact Lindsey Kennedy at or call 563-336-3374.

Event Location

Nahant Marsh Education Center

Event Fees

6/23 6:30 a.m. Birding Hike
6/23 8:30 a.m. Bird Banding Demonstration