BioBlitz is a daylong species scavenger hunt in Odiorne Point State Park, where families explore alongside scientists and field experts to find and record data on as many different species in the Park as possible in one day.
Date: Saturday, September 23, 2017
BioBlitz offers exciting opportunities for all ages to gain knowledge and skill in their favorite area of nature. Exploration teams will be birding, searching for insects, snakes and amphibians, exploring the freshwater pond and salt marsh, tracking mammals, identifying plants and seaweeds, tide pooling and more. You can sign up to participate in all or part of the day.
BioBlitz is a great way to excite children about science and a rare opportunity to meet many passionate biologists working together. Odiorne’s 135 acres and seven distinctly different habitats make it a unique and fascinating place to explore and learn.
If you are not up to scouring the park, there is still plenty to explore in the Center’s Gregg Interactive Learning Studio. There, you will see samples of species collected by naturalists and learn about the identification process. You can see amazing images of the plants, animals and activities from past years on the big-screens, observe insects through microscopes, see samples of seaweeds and fungi, and connect with many spirited nature-lovers.
The total number of species identified since our first BioBlitz in 2003 tops 2,162 and continues to grow every year. This valuable catalogue serves as a snapshot of biodiversity of our region. Your participation will not only help us monitor biodiversity, it will also help us provide countless educational opportunities for school children, families and groups.
In 2016, 421 participants identified 547 species, 31 of which were new to our list.
Want to learn more about BioBlitz? Watch this video:
6 & 7 am
Tide Pooling / Seaweed
Center for Wildlife Program
Squid Dissection Session*
*Space is limited for the squid dissection session. Please sign up for it when you register to ensure participation.
For more information and for group inquires:
Please contact Sarah at [email protected] or 603-436-8043, ext. 20
NEW for 2017! Upload photos of your discoveries onto our storymap during BioBlitz, straight from your smartphone!
Get into the wild of Odiorne and show us your finds (plant or animal), evidence (nests, scat, bones, tracks), and action shots (collecting, netting, trapping, exploring) and your images will be geolocated onto a storymap along with other BioBlitzers’.
Special thanks go to our 2017 BioBlitz sponsors:
Eversource, New Hampshire State Parks, Normandeau Associates, Westinghouse, Z107 and The Bull.
Sponsor Opportunities Available
To learn more about how your company can gain great exposure and benefits for your employees, please contact Nichole Rutherford, Vice President of Advancement, at 603-436-8043, ext. 26 or [email protected].