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 23, 2017

Time: 6am-5pm

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.


Cost

BioBlitz is $10 per person or $30 per family (up to 6 people). Seacoast Science Center members are FREE! Join today and save.

Registration will open August 2017.

 

Sample of 2016 Schedule  Updated 2017 schedule to come.

6 & 7 am

Birding

8 am

Plants

9 am

Mammals

10 am

Seine Netting

11 am

Salt Marsh

12 pm

Center for Wildlife Program 

1 pm

Tide Pooling/ Seaweed

2pm

Mushrooms

3 pm

Insects

3 pm

Squid Dissection Session

4 pm

Pond

5 pm

Program End

For more information and for group inquires:

Please contact Sarah at [email protected] or 603-436-8043, ext. 20

Special thanks go to our 2016 BioBlitz sponsors: 

Eversource, Fidelity Investments and the UNIQUE College Investment Plan, New Hampshire Public Television, Normandeau Associates, ReVision Energy, 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].