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Katy Prairie Conservancy Bioblitz held October 12

Shown is the rough green snake.

Katy Prairie Conservancy’s species counting Bioblitz 2013 drew about 60 people to the morning session Saturday, Oct. 12, at Indiangrass Preserve and Hebert Preserve. Group leaders and volunteers identified 171 species of plants, animals, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, fungi, fish, algae and birds.

The event, part of KPC’s Unplugged Adventures, was a huge success despite the afternoon rains cutting things short. Taking part in Bioblitz were members of Texas Master Naturalists, Bayou Land Conservancy and Houston Audubon Society; students from St. Thomas High School and St. Thomas University and interested adults, teens and children. Among the sightings were the rough green snake along with a Groove-billed Ani, green tree frogs and a flock of wood storks.

The information gathered during Bioblitz is recorded and adds to KPC’s understanding of the diversity of species that depend on its preserve system for their survival. The data is especially helpful in years of drought or heavy rainfall to see how the species adapt.

Next month’s Unplugged Adventures event is the Range Ride at Warren Ranch on Nov. 9 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Participants can see the prairie in an entirely new way riding their bikes on rustic farm and ranch roads. The Katy Prairie Conservancy is a nonprofit land trust dedicated to preserving an ecologically vital tallgrass prairie and associated wetlands area on Houston’s far west side for the enjoyment and benefit of all.  For more information, visit katyprairie.org.

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