BioBlitz!

BioBlitz is a an annual Community Science event where families and experts alike explore, discover, and document the biodiversity of Odiorne Point State Park. 

Date: Saturday, September 23, 2023

Time: 6:30am-4pm

Thank you to all who joined us for BioBlitz 2022! We are working on verifying our finds. Please check back for a detailed report of the day.

About BioBlitz

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 2,520 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.

 

Cost

Non-Members, age 12-adult: $15
Non-Members, age 3-11: $10
Pass holders receive 50% off admission
Members: FREE

  

Sample Exploration Schedule

Subject to change. Additional programs will be announced during the event.

Sunrise: 6:40am  |  Sunset: 7pm  |  Low Tide: 9:36am  | High Tide 3:45pm

Odiorne Point State Park Trail  and Habitat Map

6:30am Doors open
7am Birding
8am Tide Pooling
9am Seine Netting
10am Tide Pooling (w/PreK Option)
10am Seaweed
11am Pond & Insects
11:30am Special Program with SeaBee Honey
12pm Lunch Break
12:30pm Special Program with Center for Wildlife
1:30pm Salt Marsh
2pm Mammals
2pm Mushrooms
2:30pm Portsmouth SCUBA Demonstration
3pm Plants

 

Contribute or our 20+ year data set by uploading your finds to SSC’s BioBlitz iNaturalist! 

 

Record your observations of plants, birds, invertebrates, algae, fishes, and any other species you see in Odiorne Point State Park to 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 “Projects” and select “SSC BioBlitz!”
  • 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.
 

Questions?

Please contact Katie at 436-8043 or  [email protected]

 

Corporate Partnership Opportunities

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].

 

 

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