SACNAS 2022 BioBlitz Workshops

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Come BioBlitzing with us as part of the SACNAS 2022 Conference! During these activities, you will get a chance to experience Puerto Rico’s amazing biodiversity while learning about free and open community science tools for documenting biodiversity. As part of this experience, you will also get the chance to engage with local and international biodiversity scientists from a variety of backgrounds and careers. 

Register Now! (spaces are limited and selection will be on a first-come-first-serve basis) 


When & Where 

We have two BioBlitz opportunities on offer: 

Biodiversity in the City BioBlitz Experience: Join us during the afternoon of Wednesday, October 26th at the Governor Pedro Roselló San Juan Convention Center. We will walk to natural areas around the convention center and explore and document the amazing biodiversity in the city of San Juan, Puerto Rico! 

Biodiversity in a Tropical Forest BioBlitz Trip: Join us on a field excursion to a natural area in Puerto Rico! On Saturday, October 29th, we will be providing transportation and lunch to a nearby location where you can continue to explore and document the amazing diversity of Puerto Rico and be back in time for the closing ceremonies.  


Free! Thank you to our sponsors we can offer both experiences free of cost to participants!  

What to bring 

  • Comfortable walking shoes (close-toed) and clothing for a hot, humid environment. 

  • Water 

  • Sunscreen and bug spray 

  • Smart phone or tablet 

  • Download the app iNaturalist (android and apple) and create an account!  

  • Sun hat, rain jacket or poncho  

What to expect 

Both experiences will be conducted outside and will include a fair amount of walking and standing the elements. If you are interested in attending but have a concern or need accommodation, please contact us ahead of time!  

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 to document biodiversity in a short amount of time these efforts are called “bioblitzes.” 

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Draft Agenda for Urban BioBlitz Experience  

  • 1pm: Introduction presentation inside of the convention center 

  • 2pm: Bioblitz around the convention center to document biodiversity! 

  • 4:30pm: Return to the convention center to share discoveries and learn more about community science and research applications.  

  • 5:30pm: Conclude with time to get ready for opening ceremony at 7pm 

Draft Agenda for the Natural Area BioBlitz  

  • 10:30am: Leave convention center 

  • 11:30am: arrive at field site 

  • 11:30-1pm: Have lunch and learn about the field site from local hosts 

  • 1:00-3:30pm: BioBlitz in the field time! 

  • 3:30pm: Quick wrap up 

  • 4:00pm: Leave the field site 

  • 5:00pm: Arrive just in time for the closing ceremony! 

BioBlitz Leaders: 

Noelia Baez Rodriguez, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras

David Blackburn, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida

Sandra Del Rio, Ecological Society of America, SEEDS Program

Alberto Lopez Torres, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida

Makenzie Mabry, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida

Christopher Nytch, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras

Daniel Olivares-Zambrano, University of Southern California

Miguel Ordeñana, Natural History Museum Los Angeles

Janelle Pena, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida

Omar Perez Reyes, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras

Jorge Ramos, Stanford University

Concepcion Rodriguez Fourquet, University of Puerto Rico

Belén Rosado Casanova, environmental interpreter

Start Date: 
Wednesday, October 26, 2022 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm EDT
Saturday, October 29, 2022 - 10:00am to 5:00pm EDT
Puerto Rico
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