Hickory Creek Watershed Bio-Blitz

Hickory Creek Watershed Bio-Blitz
Posted on 09/10/2014

WHAT IS A BIO-BLITZ?

The Bio-Blitz is a community engagement effort to discover biodiversity in the Hickory Creek watershed while sampling and identifying aquatic organisms in Hickory Creek and its tributaries. Researchers and trained biologists will team up with the public at each site to collect and sort macroinvertebrates. Then, the biologists will complete the macroinvertebrates identification and calculate the MBI/mIBI score. A designated Hickory Creek Watershed Planning Group member will be at each sampling site as the Bio-Blitz Steward to welcome the public.

WHERE IS BIO-BLITZ?

We have several locations to choose from based on which location is most convenient for you.

1) The main headquarters will be at the Joliet Pilcher Park Nature Center (2501 Highland Park Dr., Joliet, IL 60432). Volunteers will then be divided to sample at Hickory Creek and on Spring Creek.

2) The second location is in Tinley Park. For those who are closer to the Tinley Park location you can meet directly at Union Creek Community Park (19900 S. 80th Avenue, Tinley Park, IL) at 9:30am. There will be a trained Bio-Blitz Biologist and a Steward to greet you and lead you to a morning filled with fun time sampling!!

HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?

Volunteer as a “Citizen Scientist”! What better way to get involved in your own community, while learning more about the biology of your stream. As a citizen scientist you will assist the trained biologists in collecting and sorting aquatic organisms in our streams. 
Sign up today: http://www.hickorycreekwatershed.org/

WHAT TO BRING?

Sites will provide tools and equipment and will always have some one-size-fits-all gloves. We ask everyone to wear long sleeves and pants, sturdy shoes or boots, waders (only if you have one and want to get in the stream), a hat, your own gloves, and to bring insect repellent (think ticks!!), sun block, and water.