24-hour Mount Kessler BioBlitz planned for Sept. 6

Mount Kessler Trail / Caroline Bauman

Residents are invited to work alongside biologists and conservation experts to help identify as many organisms as can be found this weekend on Mount Kessler.

The University of Arkansas Entomology Department, Fayetteville Natural Heritage Association and Northwest Arkansas Land Trust will host the “BioBlitz” event beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6

A BioBlitz is a 24-hour marathon whereby local biologists, students and community volunteers document the biodiversity of a particular area. The Mount Kessler event will occur on and adjacent to the 287-acre reserve recently purchased by the City of Fayetteville.

No experience is necessary. Volunteers may participate for as long as they like. They will be assigned to various tasks, including counting plants, animals and fungi, transporting specimens to the identification tent, handing out refreshments, and other jobs.

Event headquarters is located at the former Ozark Mountain Smokehouse, 1725 Smokehouse Road in Fayetteville. All volunteers must check in anytime between 3 and 6 p.m. Saturday or between 8 a.m. and noon Sunday. On-site camping is available, and refreshments will be provided.

For more information, contact Terri Lane at 479-966-4666 or email [email protected], or Rob Wiedenmann at [email protected].