Join us at Walla Walla’s second annual BioBlitz! Uncover the biodiversity that thrives right inside city limits at Fort Walla Walla Natural Area. Help up discover as many species as possible in your own backyard! Activities will include BioBlitz Nature Walks with local naturalists and Discovery Zones for young children to investigate and observe the natural world around them through play. Children will learn about the different ecoregions within the Blue Mountains and discover the interconnections that exist between all living and nonliving things. This event is presented by the Blue Mountain Land Trust and the U.S. Forest Service and is made possible with the support of Fort Walla Walla Museum, US Army Corp of Engineers, Whitman College, Water and Environmental Center, the Blue Mountain Audubon Society, Outside the Lines Art Studio, Walla Walla Basin Watershed Council, Walla Walla County Conservation District, Sustainable Living Center, and Tri-State Steelheaders.
We will work with the Corps of Engineers on this project. We will be building a series of four short ramp trails off of the paved Kingfisher trail and onto to the Rooks Park grounds. Work will include ground preparation, placement of wood borders and gravel. We will conclude the day with a celebration of National Trails Day and the coming season of trail work by the Blues Crew.
Join us on National Get Outdoors Day for an excursion into the Blue Mountains to learn about the plants and fungi you can eat from the forest floor.
Jeff Duke, a local firefighter with the Umatilla National Forest and mushroom aficionado will lead this LOL event. Jeff will take us off the beaten path and will discuss the environments where various mushrooms grow; how to identify, pick, store and prepare them; and how NOT to be fooled by poisonous mushrooms.
Jeff will also point out and describe other Forest edible plants including huckleberries and thimbleberry. Bring a bucket or rucksack to throw a few mushrooms in and enjoy a day hiking and exploring the Blue Mountains and its bounty!