Come help generate a community based species survey (Bioblitz) of the historical and threatened Amador Canal just a few miles outside of Jackson, California. This 130+ year old unlined canal runs 8 miles from Lake Tabeaud to Tanner Reservoir and an entire diverse middle Sierra Foothills ecosystem has developed around it which is in jeopardy as water authorities look to close the canal. This is also the watershed that feeds into EBMUD, so if you're from the East Bay and always wondered where you water comes from, this is your chance!
Bring your cellphone for recording organisms with iNaturalist, a laptop for the identification session, sunscreen, snacks and a water bottle as temperatures can easily be in the triple digits in the afternoon.
The focus of this event is to document what exists in this area before it is gone. Sean Kriletich of Paloma Pollinators will be our host for the event and activities will be based out of this working organic farm. We will have access to the area below for the Bioblitz which contains the canal, cold water ponds, oak forests, open grass lands, cultivated areas, livestock areas and ravines.
Here is a baseline of organisms that were seen during the scouting event: http://www.inaturalist.org/places/amador-canal-direct-impact-zone
Schedule of Events:
Friday September 2nd - Camping will be available at Paloma Pollinators afer 6pm and moth lights will be run shortly after dark
Saturday September 3rd
9:30am -10:30am Learn how to use iNaturalist to make observations.
10:45am - Noon Bioblitz area Phase 1
Noon-1pm Lunch, upload at Paloma Pollinators
1pm - 3pm Bioblitz Phase 2
3pm - 4pm Upload at Paloma Pollinators and start iNaturalist Identification session
4pm-5pm Debrief, wrap, up and discussion about how to encourage continued observations throughout the year.
Please RSVP for the FREE event. Note that a $20 donation is suggested to help cover for facilitation of the event.