Grand Traverse County Hikers Participate in MSU SciFest 2022 BioBlitz

With warm temperatures in the 60s, it was a beautiful day to get outside.

On Wednesday, the Grand Traverse Conservation District invited hikers out to explore the Natural Education Reserve’s Sabin Loop Trail.

The scenic hike makes up part of GTCD and Michigan State University’s month-long science festival—April BioBlitz.

Hikers are encouraged to observe and record different wildlife and plant life they see on the iNaturalist app.

They say observation hikes like these help more people explore their outdoor surroundings, leading up to Earth Day.

“Our attendees today and throughout the month that choose to walk on our trails, are encouraged to use the iNaturalist app to gather information and report it as part of the project,” says Grand Traverse Conservation District Education Director Rachel Straughen. “They were currently looking for an area up here in Northern Michigan and we thought we would be the perfect place.”

To check out the hikers’ observations, you can visit here.

For their full list of Earth Day events happening next week, you can follow the Grand Traverse Conservation District on their Facebook page.