BioBlitz is a an annual Community Science event where families and experts alike explore, discover, and document biodiversity of a given area. This year, we’re taking things virtual!
Date: Saturday, September 26, 2020 - Friday, October 2, 2020
We did not host in-person BioBlitz programs this year 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 by following the links in the schedule below.
Save the date for next year, when we look forward to exploring together: September 12, 2021!
Although we can’t come together to explore, identify and collect data in person this year, we are here to help guide you on a community science adventure with your family. Whether you choose to explore your own backyard, a school yard, a local nature trail or a state park, you can learn about the amazing plants and animals that live there and help collect important data to track biodiversity in your region. No matter where you choose to explore, be sure to keep yourself, our community and our natural world healthy and follow the 7 Leave No Trace principles.
Our week-long virtual BioBlitz kicks off on September 26th, with live social media feeds highlighting scientists’ and experts’ finds in Odiorne Point State Park that day. Our experts will be exploring on their own, maintaining social distancing and safety, so we can add to our impressive 17 year data set of OPSP! Then, we will share videos of their work during the following week, September 28-October 2nd. The videos will highlight their best finds and provide pointers on how to search for species and collect data in the wild environment you choose to explore.
Follow us on Facebook and YouTube, tune in at the times listed below (or follow the links below), and get ready to embark on your own Bioblitz! You can even upload your pictures and findings on our BioBlitz Storymap. Watch the video below to learn fun and easy it is.
Help populate our BioBlitz story map by uploading photos of your discoveries straight from your smartphone.
Get into the wild of Odiorne Pint State Park, your backyard, or a park near your home and show us your finds (plant or animal), evidence (nests, scat, bones, tracks), and action shots (collecting, netting, trapping, exploring)!
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More about BioBlitz
BioBlitz offers exciting opportunities for all ages to gain knowledge and skill in their favorite area of nature. Experts 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. Join in on your favorite topics throughout the week through social media and try your own Bioblitz in your backyard or local park.
BioBlitz is a great way to excite children about science and a rare opportunity to get inspired by many passionate biologists at work. While we can’t all explore in person this year, we encourage virtual participation throughout the whole week! Experts will track species throughout Odiorne’s 135 acres and seven distinctly different habitats, and we invite you to follow along at home!
Remember to “leave no trace,” and 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 2,377 and continues to grow every year. This valuable catalogue serves as a snapshot of biodiversity of our region. Your participation and contributions to our story map will not only help us monitor biodiversity, it will also help us provide countless educational opportunities for school children, families and groups.
In 2019, 515 participants identified over 550 species, 90+ of which were new to our list.