Date: Sunday, September 12, 2021
BioBlitz is an annual dawn-to-dusk biological survey of Odiorne Point State Park, where families and nature enthusiasts team up with SSC naturalists and guest experts to explore its habitats to find and identify as many different species as possible in one day. BioBlitz is a great way to excite kids about science, learn about biodiversity, and discover how you can help protect our natural world.
Like an extreme nature scavenger hunt, BioBlitz offers exciting opportunities for all ages to gain knowledge and hone skills in their favorite areas of nature! Habitat, plant, and animal explorations are scheduled throughout the day, allowing participants to choose among activities that interest them the most. With seven distinct natural habitats to survey, there’s something for everyone!
SSC’s Greg Interactive Learning Studio serves as BioBlitz home base and is the field lab for the day. Here, you can observe some of the smallest species through microscopes, see amazing images of finds from past years, learn about the species identification process, and connect with scientists and expert naturalists.
The total number of species identified since our first BioBlitz in 2003 tops 2,377 and continues to grow every year. This valuable catalogue serves as a snapshot of biodiversity of our region. Your participation and contributions to our data set and will not only help us monitor biodiversity, it will also help us provide countless educational opportunities for school children, families and groups.
Non-Members, age 12-adult: $15
Non-Members, age 3-11: $10
All participants are required to wear a mask indoors and when not socially distanced from others outdoors. Please read more about our Visitor Safety Guidelines.
19th Annual BioBlitz Exploration Schedule
Subject to change. Additional programs will be announced during the event.
Sunrise: 6:15am | Sunset: 7pm | Low Tide: 9:50am | High Tide 4pm
||Trees & Plants
||Pre-K Exploration Hike
||Special Program with Blue Ocean Society
||Trees & Plants
Join the Seacoast Science Center BioBlitz iNaturalist Project
Your observations of invertebrates, algae, kelp, fishes, & other plants and animals you see in Odiorne Point State Park can help scientists learn more about our changing ocean and coastal environment.
Download the iNaturalist app, observe, take photos, upload, and share!
How to find SSC’s BioBlitz page in the iNaturalist app:
- Once in the iNaturalist app, on the bottom menu bar, click ‘More.’
- Select ‘Projects’ and then click the magnifying glass in the top right corner. In the search bar, type in the name of the project (SSC BioBlitz!) and hit “Search.”
- Go to the project page, click on ‘Join’ along the top menu underneath the project name. The project will now show up on the Projects list under the ‘More’ tab.
How to record observations in iNaturalist:
- Tap the camera icon (iPhone) or ‘+’ icon (Android) to add an observation (take a photo or choose a photo you’ve already taken); you can add more than one photo of the same organism to an observation.
- Enter your ID where is says ‘What did you see?’ (iPhone) or ‘Species name’ (Android); can be any taxonomic level.
- Pick the name that matches most closely (only available when your phone has service).
- Tap save (iPhone) or ✓(Android), repeat.
- Tap ‘Upload’ (iPhone) or ‘Sync’ (Android) in the green bar to share your finds if they haven’t automatically uploaded.
Visit the SSC iNaturalist web page.
Please contact Katie at 436-8043 or [email protected].
Special thanks to event sponsors Green Maids, iHeart Media’s Z107, New Hampshire State Parks, Normandeau Associates, Partners Bank, and Westinghouse.
Special thanks to host site Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, NH Division of Parks and Recreation.
To learn about how your company can gain great exposure and benefits for your employees by sponsoring this popular event, please contact Natalee Martin at 603-436-8043, ext. 10 or [email protected].
P.S.: We did not host an in-person BioBlitz in 2020 due to the pandemic, but our experts explored on their own to help us maintain our species data. They identified a total of 633 species, including 61 newly identified species to add to our list. View our 2020 Bioblitz Species Summary to learn about the notable new finds. You can watch video spotlights of their explorations via our YouTube channel BioBlitz playlist.