BioBlitz!

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 15, 2018

Time: 6am-5pm

Link to BioBlitz Storymap.*

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 2,263 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 2017, 417 participants identified 601 species, 26 of which were new to our list.

 

Want to learn more about BioBlitz? Watch this video:


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.

 

 

Sample Schedule  

6 & 7 am

Birding

8 am

Tide Pooling / Seaweed

9 am

Seine Netting

10 am

Salt Marsh

11 am

Plants

12 pm

Center for Wildlife Program

1 pm

Mammals

1:30 pm

Insects

2 pm

Mushrooms

3 pm

Squid Dissection Session*

4 pm

Pond

5 pm

Program End

*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!*

Help populate our BioBlitz storymap 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 storymap along with other BioBlitzers’. 

On a smart phone? Use this link to our storymap.

 

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

 

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].