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While visiting BPNP, have you ever encountered a plant or animal and wondered what it was? You’re not alone! iNaturalist is a global citizen science initiative that allows users to enter data about their sightings and to get information about their sightings from subject experts. Using a portable digital device, take a photo of the plant or animal, then login and submit it to using either the free app or download on a computer. You can post your identification or ask reviewers for identification help. The app and access to are free.

An iNaturalist project has been started for sightings at BPNP. Now we’ll all be able to learn from ours and other’s sightings. So please add Blackland Prairie Nature Preserve to your iNaturalist Project List and start posting your sightings. Even if you haven’t posted sightings to iNaturalist, check the Blackland Prairie Nature Preserve Project to see what others are reporting.



eBird is world-wide bird listing program sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society that provides frequency and distribution data on bird sightings…including Blackland Prairie Nature Preserve. Because grassland bird populations are in steep decline and their remaining habitats are so limited, BPNP provides an opportunity to see and record their presence.  Please add your observations!  See the most recent week’s sightings for BPNP using eBird’s Trail Tracker Sightings here.


Plant list

From the time this site was recognized as a blackland prairie remnant, botanists have been visiting the site through the growing seasons.  The variety of grasses and forbs (wildflowers) recorded include many which are found only on undisturbed blackland prairie sites, confirming the site as a blackland prairie remnant.  If you would like a list of the plants recorded at BPNP over the years, please contact