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Woodbury Mountain BioBlitz

Do you love a good mystery? You can be a nature detective and a citizen scientist with NEWT by participating in our community BioBlitz at Woodbury Mountain Wilderness Preserve in central Vermont! From August 2023 through July 2024, we will inventory the species found on this special 6,000+ acre Ambassador Preserve using the tool iNaturalist. You are invited to join in on a walk led by an experienced naturalist to delve into a specific topic, or to strike out on your own (don’t forget to bring a buddy) to record species observations and contribute to citizen science and the Northeast Wilderness Trust Ecology Program. To get started, either with NEWT or on your own, check out our family friendly ‘How to BioBlitz’ guides below.

How to BioBlitz with Northeast Wilderness Trust

at Woodbury Mountain Wilderness Preserve

Between August 2023 and July 2024, Northeast Wilderness Trust will host guided walks with experienced naturalists at Woodbury Mountain Wilderness Preserve, and you are invited to join in on the fun. Each walk will focus on a taxonomic group, such as plants, fungi, insects, or birds. In addition to learning about wondrous creatures that are often glanced over, we’ll record observations for the iNaturalist Woodbury Mountain BioBlitz project.

Spring 2024 Events

Woodbury Mountain BioBlitz: Biodiversity and Wilderness Insights

Sunday, June 16 | 9 am – 2 pm

Woodbury Mountain BioBlitz: Birds

Sunday, May 5 | Time TBD

Winter to Spring Ecology Walk with Eric Sorenson

Sunday, April 7 | 10 am – 2 pm

August 2023 Events

Botany with Liz Thompson

Friday, August 25 | 10 am – 1 pm

September 2023 Events

Turtles & More with Kiley Briggs

Friday, September 8 | 9 am – 12 pm

Pollinators with Jason Mazurowski

Saturday, September 23 | 10 am – 1 pm

How to BioBlitz on your own

at Woodbury Mountain Wilderness Preserve

Step 1: Download the iNaturalist app to your smartphone (click here for iOS or here for Android) and create an account. If you don’t own a smartphone, you can create an account on a desktop computer—for this approach, you’ll need a camera and a way to transfer photos from the camera to your computer. Click here to sign up using a desktop.

Step 2: Practice recording some observations of species in your own backyard. This is a great activity to do with children and young naturalists. Watch the videos below for easy introductions to recording observations via mobile device or desktop.

Mobile Observations

Desktop Observations

How to take identifiable photos

Step 3: Join the Woodbury Mountain BioBlitz project.

Step 4: Anytime between August 1, 2023 and July 31, 2024 get out on the land at Woodbury Mountain Wilderness Preserve in Vermont.

Don’t forget to bring everything you need to comfortably be out in a wilderness area, including the ability to navigate safely. There is no cell service throughout most of the Preserve. The buddy system is always a good idea!

We also recommend:

  • Bug, sun, and/or rain protection
  • Sturdy boots
  • Plenty of drinking water and snacks
  • Having first aid supplies on hand just in case

Click here to download the map of Woodbury Mountain Wilderness Preserve; this PDF is geo-referenced, so you can add it to an app such as Avenza Maps to help you navigate while on the land.

You can also email Eric Bailey at eric@newildernesstrust.org to request a .kml file showing the boundary lines Woodbury Mountain Wilderness Preserve. This can be uploaded to navigation apps such as Gaia or onX so you can see where you are on the Preserve. Just be sure to set up your app for offline access while on the Preserve.

Step 5: Upload your observations! While you’ll be able to photograph and edit observations without cell service, you won’t be able to upload them—and without that, they won’t count in the BioBlitz! When you have returned to a location with WiFi, you can upload these observations. As long as the observation was recorded within the boundaries of Woodbury Mountain Wilderness Preserve between August 1, 2023 and July 31, 2024, it will be included and counted in the Woodbury Mountain BioBlitz project.

Stay tuned for more events this fall by signing up for The Wild Times Enewsletter or following Northeast Wilderness Trust on social media…Happy BioBlitzing!