BioBlitz!

BioBlitz is a daylong Community Science event where families can discover the amazing biodiversity of Odiorne Point State Park while helping field experts collect data on species found.

Date: Saturday, September 21, 2019

Time: 6am-5pm

About BioBlitz

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 and explore alongside many passionate biologists at work. 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.

Participants are asked to help make this event Zero Waste by packing refillable water bottles and reusable containers. Team  leaders will review how to explore responsibly and leave no trace. We will collect specimens for observation and identification only, to be later returned to their habitat.

The total number of species identified since our first BioBlitz in 2003 tops 2,300 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 2018, 350 participants identified over 500 species, 21 of which were new to our list.  

 

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Cost

BioBlitz is $10 per person or $30 per family (up to 6 people). Seacoast Science Center members are FREE! Join today and save. Members, please register if you plan to attend.

Please note: online registration closes Friday, September 20 at 12:00pm. Admission to Odiorne Point State Park will apply for those who do not register for BioBlitz in advance.

 

 

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Exploration Schedule

6 & 7 am

Birding

8 am

Seine Netting

9 am

Plants

10 am

Tide Pooling / Seaweed

11 am

Pond / Insects

12 pm

Lunch / Special Program

1 pm

Mushrooms

1 pm

Beach Clean-up*

2 pm

Mammals

3 pm

Salt Marsh

3 pm

Squid Dissection**

3:30 pm

SCUBA Diving Demonstration

5 pm

Program End

 

*Beach Clean-up

Meet at the Green Maids’ booth at 1pm to take part in a Beach Clean-up in celebration of International Coastal Clean up Day!

 

**Squid Dissection

Learn all about the anatomy and physiology of squid (that we later use to feed our creatures) during these hands-on, guided squid dissection sessions. Space is limited and registration is required. Cost: $5 per person; sign up when you register for BioBlitz.

 

For more information and for group inquires:

Please contact Emma at [email protected] or 603-436-8043, ext. 17 

 

BioBlitz Story Map

Help populate our BioBlitz story map by uploading photos of your discoveries 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 our ArcGIS story map along with other BioBlitzers’. 

On a smart phone? Use this link to our story map.

ArcGIS is a geographic information system (GIS) which uses maps for compiling geographic data, analyzing mapped information, sharing, and discovering geographic information.

 

Event Sponsors

Special thanks go to Green Maids, iHeart Media’s 95.3 The Bull and Z107, New Hampshire State Parks, Normandeau Associates, The Provident Bank, Westinghouse for their generous sponsorship of this event.

 

Sponsor Opportunities

To learn about how your company can gain great exposure and benefits for your employees by sponsoring this popular event, please contact Nichole Rutherford at 603-436-8043, ext. 26 or [email protected].