01 de diciembre de 2020

Winter Scavenger Hunt

Winter weather is finally starting to settle in at Runge. Just a week ago, butterflies, flies, bumblebees, and a variety of insects were all too easy to find. Asters, white snake root, and a handful of other miscellaneous flowers were still in bloom. And, many of our nature center patrons were still wearing short sleeves and shorts. The weather has turned colder, many organisms have migrated, gone dormmate, or died, but there is still a lot to be discovered at Runge. Challenge yourself to get outside this winter by participating in our iNaturalist observation scavenger hunt. Scavenger hunts can be found at the front desk of the nature center. After completing the hunt using the iNaturalist app or website and adding your observations to the "Runge Biodiversity Project," stop at the front desk to receive a free nature discovery item.

Dont forget to check out our "Observation of the Month" for October and November in the comment section (click on the title of the journal post on the online version to view the comments, or the following link for October and November’s "Observations of the Month" https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/runge-biodiversity-project/journal/44432-winter-scavenger-hunt). Keep exploring and maybe one of your observations will be selected in the future. Also, remember to share your favorite observations using Instagram - #RungeBiodiversityProject. Get out, observe, and explore this winter!

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01 de octubre de 2020

Summer 2020 Summary and Food Web Observation Challenge

It has been a great summer for observing flora and fauna at Runge. Thirty observers made nearly 900 observation of over 400 species during the summer months. Some of the more exciting observations included 19 observations of Swamp metalmark, a Missouri Species of Conservation Concern, and the first Cole County record Swallow-tailed kite, a rare summer visitor to the state of Missouri (https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Swallow-tailed_Kite).

The observations of these cool critters has inspired a new element to our project. We will be introducing a monthly 'Observation of the Month' post that will be added to the comment section to be viewed between journal posts (click on the title of the journal post on the online version to view the comments, or the following link for August and September’s Observations of the Month https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/runge-biodiversity-project/journal/41846-summer-2020-summary-and-food-web-observation-challenge#new_comment ). Keep exploring and maybe one of your observations will be selected in the future.


Fall has finally arrived, which means summer's bounty is ready for harvest. This process of energy being passed from one organism to another has influenced the creation of our next observation challenge, food webs. For this challenge, participants are to observe four parts of a food web using the iNaturalist app, then add those observations to the "Runge Biodiversity Project" before uploading. Observe one plant (including nuts, fruits, etc.), one herbivore (an animal that eats plants, such as, grasshoppers, pollinators, deer, squirrels, etc.), one carnivore (an animal that eats other animals, such as, dragonflies, spiders, snakes, frogs, etc.), and one scavenger or decomposer (such as termites, worms, vultures, fungus, etc.). Once you have made your observations stop at the front desk, share your observations with our Runge staff, and receive a free field guide and 'Discover Nature' magnifier. Don't forget to share your favorite observations using Instagram - #RungeBiodiversityProject. Get out, explore, and observe at Runge!

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06 de julio de 2020

Runge Nature Center Reopening and Summer Pollinator Observation Challenge

Runge Nature Center will once again be opening its doors to the public starting Tuesday, July 7th. Visitors will be asked to practice social distancing, and it is recommended (not required at this time) that guest wear masks while in the building. Restrooms will be open, but all drinking fountains have been turned off, please come prepared. In order to keep you safe, staff will be practicing social distancing, wearing masks, and sanitizing the facility multiple times a day. Nature center hours are 8 am - 5 pm Tuesday through Saturday, and 8 am - 8 pm on Thursdays.


Summer is upon us, and with it comes bold, blooming prairie flowers, beautiful pollinating insects, and a new observation challenge. Observe four pollinators and/or flowering plants using the iNaturalist app, then add those observations to the "Runge Biodiversity Project" before uploading. Once you have made your observations stop at the front desk, share your observations with our Runge staff, and receive a free insect field guide and butterfly net. Don't forget to share your favorite observations using Instagram - #RungeBiodiversityProject. Get out, explore, and observe at Runge this summer!

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18 de marzo de 2020

Runge Nature Center Closure

Effective Thursday, March 19th, all Missouri Department of Conservation Nature Centers, including Runge, will be closed until further notice due to the recent outbreak of COVID - 19. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding. The Runge area, including the trails, will remain open from 6 am - 9 pm, seven days a week. We still invite the public to get out and observe plants and animals using the iNaturalist app at Runge, a conservation area near you, or in your own backyard. Nature is never closed, and is a great place to remain healthy during this difficult time. Get out, explore, and observe!

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13 de marzo de 2020

Spring Observation Challenge

Spring has sprung once again at Runge. The first spring flowers are blooming, salamanders and frogs are moving to their breeding ponds, and early spring migratory birds, such as phoebes, turkey vultures, and woodcock, are showing up at the nature center. Get out and enjoy the wonderful weather by participating in our Spring Observation Challenge. Make three observations of animals or plants that let you know that spring has arrived using the iNaturalist app or website, then add those observations to the "Runge Biodiversity Project" before uploading. Watch for bursting buds, blooming flowers, reptiles, amphibians, and migrating and singing birds. After uploading your observations stop at the front desk in the nature center and receive a free field guide and aquatic-life net. Get out, explore, and observe this spring.

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28 de enero de 2020

2019 Yearly Summary and Winter Observation Challenge

The Runge Biodiversity Project has wrapped up another year of observations, and what a year it has been! 2019 was a record breaking year for the project in regards to the number of observers, members added, observations made, and species observed. We also hosted our first ever Runge Bioblitz this past June. The event attracted over 500 participants, including 41 observers that made over 850 observations of 459 species in just 24 hours. There is no doubt this effort led to a record breaking month of June with 59 observers adding 927 observations, more than half of what we averaged during the last two years (2017 with 1623, and 2018 with 1658 observation made). In total, 103 observers made 3109 observations of 1013 species during 2019. This brings our project total to 140 observers that have made 6453 observations of 1468 species since March of 2017. Purple coneflower (Echinecea purpurea) was the most frequently observed organism during the year, with 33 observations. Of course, we could not have done any of this without the iNaturalist community, the 835 identifiers that added their expertise to the project, and most importantly ...YOU!!!


Winter Observation Scavenger Hunt Challenge

Winter can be a challenging time to get outside and observe Missouri's flora and fauna. The prairies, forests, and aquatic habitats that cover the state seem like they are devoid of life, but we know better. Challenge yourself to get outside this winter by participating in our iNaturalist observation scavenger hunt. Scavenger hunts can be found at the front desk of the nature center. After completing the hunt using the iNaturalist app or website and adding your observations to the "Runge Biodiversity Project," stop at the front desk to receive a free nature discovery item. Don't forget to share your favorite observations using Instagram - #RungeBiodiversityProject. Get out, observe, and explore this winter!

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09 de octubre de 2019

Fall Harvest - iNat Challenge

Days are shortening and cooling, squirrels are gathering nuts, raccoon and other animals are fattening up, and bees and wasps are harvesting nectar and pollen from the last blooming asters and goldenrods of the year. Fall has finally arrived! And of course, this means that winter is right around the corner. Join us at Runge this fall as we observe animals preparing for winter during this season's Fall Harvest - Observation Challenge. Observe four different species of fruits or nuts (persimmons, acorns, walnuts, etc.) and/or animals preparing for winter (jays and squirrels collecting acorns, feeding pollinators, etc.) using the iNaturalist app or website, then add those observations to the "Runge Biodiversity Project" before uploading. Afterwards, stop at the front desk of the nature center to receive a free field guide, an Audubon Bird Call, and a "Socialize with a Snake" ticket, which can be redeemed at the front desk for the opportunity to meet and hold one of Runge's education snakes. Get out, explore, and observe this fall!


Thank you to all who made observations during the summer. July, August, and September were all record breaking months with 32 observers making over 800 observations, while adding another 100 species to the project. Keep up the good work making observation at Runge using iNaturalist. Don't forget to share your favorite observation and explore ours using Instagram - #RungeBiodiversityProject

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13 de julio de 2019

BioBlitz Wrap-up and Pollinator Challenge

June has come and gone, and that brings us to July. A lot has happened in the last month. The Runge Biodiversity Project has surpassed 5,000 observation, 1,300 species, and has over 100 observers and members. June was also the biggest month in the short history of the project with 59 observers making 926 observations. And, most importantly, Runge Nature Center held its first ever BioBlitz on June 21st and 22nd, which led to all of these milestones.

During the event, which attracted over 500 people, more than 800 observations were made resulting in over 450 species of plants, animals, and fungi being reported in 24 hours. The event was a huge success, judged not merely by the number of people in attendance or species recorded, but by the quality of the experience. Thirty passionate and enthusiastic experts led 29 excursions, helping connect our participants with Missouri's forest, fish, and wildlife by exploring the life that calls Runge home. In addition, 17 Runge volunteers helped to support the experts and Runge staff, and meet the needs of the public. This program was a success because of these fine folks and all that participated in the event. The species list for this event can be found at : https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/runge-nature-center-bioblitz-2019


Pollinator Challenge

Explore flowers and pollinating insects during this month's Runge iNaturalist Challenge. Make five pollinator or flowering plant observations using the iNaturalist app, then add those observations to the "Runge Biodiversity Project" before uploading. Once you have made your five observations stop at the front desk, share your observations with our Runge staff, and receive a free Peterson's First Field Guide and a miniature butterfly net

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01 de junio de 2019

Runge Nature Center BioBlitz June 21 & 22, 2019

All amateur (including children and families) and professional naturalists are invited to attend out first ever Runge BioBlitz on June 21 & 22. Let's see how many different species of plants, animals, and fungi we can find at the Runge Conservation Nature Center in 24 hours. There will be many expert-led, educational, interactive excursion to explore the life that calls Runge home, and help give you deeper connection with Missouri's fish, forest, and wildlife. There will also be prizes, a raffle, a photography competition, and free hot dogs. No registration required. A schedule of events and more information can be found on the Runge Nature Center BioBlitz 2019 - iNaturalist page.

https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/runge-nature-center-bioblitz-2019


Pollinator iNat Challenge

Explore flowers and pollinating insects during this months Runge iNaturalist Challenge. Make five pollinator or flowering plant observations using the iNaturalist app, then add those observations to the "Runge Biodiversity Project" before uploading. Once you have made your five observations stop at the front desk, share your observations with our Runge staff, and recieve a free Peterson's First Field Guide and a miniature butterfly net.

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18 de marzo de 2019

Awakening Spring and Runge Nature Center BioBlitz June 21-22

Spring is quickly approaching. The natural world is warming and awakening after the long, cold winter. Early flowers are beginning to emerge and bloom, and birds and frogs are singing. Help us document these early signs of our awakening spring. Make three observations of animals or plants that let us know that spring is arriving using the iNaturalist app or website, then add those observations to the "Runge Biodiversity Project" before uploading. Watch for bursting buds, blooming flowers, reptiles, amphibians, and migrating and singing birds. After uploading your observations stop at the front desk in the nature center and receive a free field guide and aquatic-life net. Get out, explore, and observe this spring.


Mark your calendar for the first ever Runge Nature Center BioBlitz on June 21-22, 2019. All amateur (including children and families) and professional naturalists are invited to attend. There will be many expert-led, educational, interactive excursions to explore the life that calls Runge home. No registration required. More details will become available as we approach the date of the event.

https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/runge-nature-center-bioblitz-2019

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