This weekend you can find IISG’s exhibit Nab the Aquatic Invader at several events in the southern Lake Michigan region. Friday and Saturday, May 15 and 16, we will be at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore for a Bioblitz, sponsored by National Geographic.

From the Dunes website:

The BioBlitz is part scientific endeavor, part festival and part outdoor classroom. It is a 24-hour event in which teams of scientists, volunteers and community members join forces to find and identify as many local plant and animal species as possible. Participants comb the park, observing and recording as many plant and animal species as possible.

From the National Geographic site:

Grab your backpack and be a part of the 2009 Indiana Dunes BioBlitz from noon Friday, May 15 to noon Saturday, May 16, 2009. Stay beyond the BioBlitz or come out to West Beach Saturday afternoon from 1 to 4 p.m. for the Celebrate Biodiversity festival. Every species counts, especially you! This wild event is fun for the whole family and it’s free, so don’t miss out.

On Sunday morning, we will move to Grayslake, Illinois to engage the Prairie Pedal crowd. Here’s more about this event from the Liberty Prairie Conservancy website:

Prairie Pedal is a fun, family-oriented bicycling festival that celebrates the value of nature and conservation for Lake County. There are four route options, and all of them take riders through beautiful, open spaces in central Lake County and the Prairie Crossing conservation community. The three longer routes include travel on Libertyville Township trails as well as Almond and Casey Roads (two scenic rural roads which are closed to through- traffic for the event) and a rest stop at Almond Marsh Forest Preserve. Prairie Pedal helps raise funds for the land preservation work of the Liberty Prairie Conservancy and includes a delicious lunch, nature-related educational activities, Music by Sagebrush, and raffle prizes including an iPod shuffle.

For more information, follow the links above.