Driftless Area BioBlitz

You're invited to help record observations of the plants and wildlife that live here.

2024 Spotlight on Nature Calendar coming to this page soon!

Citizen scientists of all ages are invited to participate in the Driftless Area BioBlitz (DABB) 2024 Spotlight on Nature program which kicks off on Sunday, April 28th at the La Crosse Earth Fair. The 5-month program is offered by a collaboration of local organizations that focus on outdoor education, coordinated by The Nature Place.

The 2024 Spotlight on Nature is part of a FREE ongoing bioblitz in which participants use their cell phones or cameras and computer, to upload as many observations as they can in their yard, nearby park or trail, or anywhere in La Crosse or the Driftless Region. Public observations of “all things nature” will help document the incredible biodiversity of the Driftless Region while demonstrating all that's here to protect.

There will be seven different events, each focusing on various taxa like fungi, moss and lichens, pollinator plants, birds, and insects, including nocturnal and decomposer species. The events offer an opportunity for nature lovers of all ages to participate in a bioblitz with experts sharing their passion for and knowledge of the Driftless Region. Events are weather-dependent. 

The 2024 Spotlight on Nature events are provided by a unique collaboration of organizations in the La Crosse area—Strive 2 Thrive Coulee RegionThe Nature Place, Mississippi Valley Conservancy, the UW-La Crosse Biology department, and La Crosse City Parks, Recreation and Forestry — to promote the program and give participants an opportunity to meet naturalists, get guidance on sharing discoveries on iNaturalist and learn more about the natural world and particularly the Driftless Area’s incredible biodiversity. Other promotional supporters include ORA Trails and the following Neighborhood Associations: Downtown, Holy Trinity-Longfellow, and Logan Northside.

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Become a citizen scientist

Mississippi Valley Conservancy is proud to be a partner in offering this program to the community.
The purpose of the Driftless Area BioBlitz is to bring about a greater awareness of and appreciation for the natural communities that inhabit Wisconsin's driftless region as well as provide data for scientists studying and tracking our local ecosystem. 

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