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ENDED EARLY – BioBlitz @ Wingfield Pines

April 29 @ 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM


8:30 – 9:30 AM Bird Banding Station with GiGi Gerben

9:30 – 10:30 AM Wingfield Pines Botany with Jennifer Dalke: Jen studied the plants in this specific BioBlitz region for over 10 years. She is both school and self-taught, acquiring my certificate in the Fundamentals of Herbalism and Plant Energies from the Appalachia School of Holistic Herbalism in Asheville, NC in 2011. Jen has been passionately interested in nature since she was a child, and the interest has only grown with time. Jen also leads local plant walks, classes, and workshops all over the south hills of Pittsburgh and surrounding area all about foraging, natural remedy-making, and much more through Blue Heron Nature Skills.

10:00 AM – Noon Mushroom Hike with the Western PA Mushroom Club (WPMC): The WPMC was created to promote the enjoyment, study, and exchange of information about wild mushrooms. They will provide amateur expert mycologists and identifiers to collect and identify multiple fungus species found during the BioBlitz. They will also sample the DNA of some species as part of their ongoing MycoFlora project.

11:00 AM – Noon Wild Edibles of Chartiers Park with Jennifer Dalke

Noon – 1:00 PM Mushroom Identification Table with WPMC: Examine the fun world of fungus with identifying experts from the WPMC.

1:00 – 2:00 PM Birding Hike with David Yeany: David joined the Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program (PNHP) at the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) in 2011. His work includes a variety of conservation planning and ornithology project, including the Natural Heritage Areas, spatial analysis, avian ecology and monitoring, wildlife habitat relationships and projects emphasizing Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN). David represents the Natural Heritage Program on the Pennsylvania Biological Survey (PABS) Ornithological Technical Committee. He has a M.S. in Applied Ecology and Conservation Biology from Frostburg State University and a B.S.

2:00 – 3:00 PM Wildflowers of Boyce Mayview Park with Jennifer Dalke *Meets at the Boyce Mayview Park wetlands entrance by Ardolino’s Pizza*

4:00 – 5:00 PM Botany of Boyce Mayview Park with Jennifer Dalke *Meets at the picnic pavilion parking area in Boyce Mayview Park*

Additional hikes will include:

* Mist Netting Birds with local bird bander GiGi Gerben.
* Aquatic Macroinvertebrates with Amy Miller the Watershed Program Lead at Allegheny County Conservation District. Her formal education includes a BS and Masters degrees in environmental science and biology. When not working in the field sampling water quality and macroinvertebrates, Amy is hard at work writing for grants, developing new programs, and providing advisory support. She is also an avid outdoorsman and spends any free moment fishing and hunting throughout Pennsylvania and West Virginia with family and friends.


Join ALT Stewardship and Education staff as we try to identify as many different species of animals, plants and fungus as we can. Join experts on hikes as we catch and release everything from insects to reptiles, amphibians, fish and maybe even bats! Learn how to use citizen science platforms and more! This is the second of four bioblitzes to take place in 2017. Check back soon often for updated hike times and specialists.


Wester PA Conservancy

Western PA Mushroom Club


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April 29
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM