What’s in Bloom

A citizen science initiative at MLBS

What is it? 

What's in Bloom is a volunteer-driven wildflower monitoring program that occurs throughout May and June at MLBS.  Weekly guided walks along MLBS trails are open to community members, Station residents and their families, Mountain Lake Lodge guests, and anyone else who is interested.  Those unable to attend the walks can catch up virtually at our Bloom Blog!

The walks are led by volunteers who are skilled in plant identification.  Participants learn the basics of field plant ID, observe species in bloom or in fruit at MLBS, and record basic phenology data.  Participants gain an increased familiarity with local flora, a better understanding of plant ecology and phenology, and a greater ability to identify unknown plants they encounter in the future.  The station benefits from a growing dataset that provides insight into the species diversity, distribution, and phenology of its flowering plants. 

Scheduled Walks

What’s in Bloom walks occur regularly throughout May and June. Dates and times for 2014 will be posted soon, so check back for details!

If you are interested in volunteering to lead or co-lead a walk, please contact Jaime Jones at jjones@virginia.edu, or call 540-626-7196.  

Logistical Details

Want to participate?  No sign-up is necessary!  Just check our facebook page for any updates or notifications, and meet us on the front steps of Lewis Hall!  Please wear sturdy closed-toe shoes, dress in layers, and bring a bag lunch.  Call the station office (540-626-7196) with any questions.  

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