Participate in a local citizen science event and learn about how to log observations in iNaturalist. Join us for an afternoon of safe, outdoor fun at Clark Reservation State Park on E Seneca Turnpike in Jamesville. Parking passes will be provided for participants who register in advance.
Our BioBlitz will focus on temperate deciduous forest life and adjacent ecosystems. The BioBlitz will be held from 1:00 - 3:00 pm, rain or shine. The Library will provide paper log sheets in addition to resources and training for logging on the iNaturalist app. Please bring your phone or tablet to log observations. Installing and trying the iNaturalist app ahead of the event is recommended. Scanning the associated QR code will take you to the page for this BioBlitz where you an log entries on the day of the event.
Attendees will be grouped into 5 teams that represent different kinds of life and keep track of how many logs each team makes for a little friendly competition. The current team categories are divided as follows:
Moss/Lichen & Insects
Fungi & Reptiles/Amphibians
Trees/Bushes & Birds
Plants in bloom & Fish
All other plants (includes aquatic plants) & Mammals
People with expertise with some of these categories of life will be available to answer questions about species ID. If an expert is not available to help in-person, experts can be accessed by logging your find in the iNaturalist app.
Participants can enter a raffle for their logs to win one of 3 Snap Circuits: Green kits.
Registration is encouraged.
Nature Journal Grab & Go Kits will be available at CLD&J starting July 26th. They are first-come, first-serve and quantities are limited. The kits contain: 1 magnifier, 1 set of supplies to create a nature journal, 2 mechanical pencils, 1 plastic pouch, 1 BioBlitz button. A nature journal kit is not required to participate in the BioBlitz.
Link to the Logging Training Video: https://youtu.be/bhhFAUfDr-8
Link to iNaturalist for Logging: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/upload
Link to the iNaturalist Project Page: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/bioblitz-at-clark-reservation-state-park