What’s in Bloom
A citizen science initiative at MLBS
What is it?
What's in Bloom is a volunteer-driven wildflower monitoring program happening 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 that will be posted here, on the What’s in Bloom web page. Ultimately, 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.
What’s in Bloom walks are scheduled for Saturday mornings from 10:00~12:30 throughout May and June. 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 at 10:00a.m.! Please wear sturdy closed-toe shoes, dress in layers, and bring a bag lunch. A hand lens is recommended but certainly not required. Call the station office (540-626-7196) with any questions.
- May 18: Led by Jess Coker- Naturalist, Mountain Lake Lodge
- May 25: Led by David Darnell- President, NRV Chapter of Va. Native Plant Society
- June 1: Led by Jaime Jones- Station Manager, Mountain Lake Biological Station
- June 8: Led by Jaime Jones- Station Manager, Mountain Lake Biological Station
- June 15: Led by Jess Coker- Naturalist, Mountain Lake Lodge
- June 22: Led by Jaime Jones- Station Manager, Mountain Lake Biological Station
- June 29: NO WALK SCHEDULED