2021 Digital Data Bioblitz

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How many species can YOU find?   

The 2021 Digital Data BioBlitz will be conducted virtually Jun 5-9, 2021.  To participate, all you need is a smartphone, tablet, or a camera and computer. 

To participate all you have to do is: 

  1. create an account on iNaturalist

  1. join the 2021 Digital Data BioBlitz project

  1. 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? Watch this 1.5 minute video on how to make an observation on iNaturalist. 

Use the hashtags #DigitalData2021 and #DigitalDataBioBlitz to share your finds on social media! Let’s see what the Digital Data community can find! At the end of the bioblitz we will send cool Florida Museum swag to the people who were able to document the most biodiversity! 

What is a Bioblitz? 

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.” 

BioBlitz Rules 

Participants must create an account on iNaturalist and contribute their observations to this project: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/2021-digital-data-conference-biobli...

Observations can be dated from 12:01 Midnight on June 5th  (EDT) to 12:00 Noon (EDT) June 9th. BioBlitz champs will be announced during the conference wrap-up on June 9th!  

Observations must be entered into iNaturalist, and verified as either “Research Grade” or “Needs ID.”  “Casual” observations will not be included in totals.  To this end, inclusion of supporting evidence (usually a photo or sound recording) is required. 

Need Help? 

Need help in figuring out how to register for iNaturalist? This YouTube link is helpful: https://youtu.be/yJS63hdWGvs, and the iNaturalist tutorials will walk you through everything if you are unfamiliar with the app. You can find the tutorials here: https://www.inaturalist.org/pages/video+tutorials 

Still have questions? Contact us

Thank you to our sponsors of this event: Florida Museum, WeDigBio and iDigBio 

Start Date: 
Saturday, June 05, 2021 (All day) to Wednesday, June 09, 2021 (All day)
Recording policy: 
By attending iDigBio’s online events, you accept that the event will be recorded and posted for later asynchronous viewing.