Community science (also called citizen science) mobilizes volunteers to work alongside scientists to help answer big questions about the world. One of the largest ongoing community science projects is to document the biodiversity of the Earth. iNaturalist is an online social network of people sharing biodiversity information to help each other learn about nature. It’s also a crowdsourced species identification system and an organism occurrence recording tool. When a group of people get together and coordinate to document biodiversity in a short amount of time these efforts are called “bioblitzes.”
2020 SACNAS is hosting a virtual BioBlitz 14-18 October 2020. To participate, all you need is a smartphone, tablet, or a camera and computer. All you have to do is create an account on iNaturalist, join this project, and find some local biodiversity to document! If you are using a smart phone or tablet download the app on Google Play or in the Apple Store.
New to iNaturalist and/or Bioblitzes? Come to this free one-hour webinar on October 13th at 1pm ET and learn about how you can participate.
Find all of the 2020 SACNAS Virtual BioBlitz info here: https://www.idigbio.org/content/2020-sacnas-virtual-bioblitz