How many species can YOU find?
The 2021 SACNAS Summer BioBlitz will be conducted virtually 28 July 2021. To participate, all you need is a smartphone, tablet, or a camera and computer.
It’s easy to participate! Simply:
- create an account on iNaturalist,
- join the 2021 SACNAS Summer BioBlitz project,
- and find some local biodiversity to document!
Use the hashtag #SACNASSummerBioBlitz to share your finds on social media! Let’s see what the SACNAS community can find! At the end of the bioblitz we will send cool SACNAS-related prizes to the people who were able to document the most biodiversity!
This is a national, virtual effort but we also encourage local meetups following local COVID guidelines!
Watch this webinar to learn more!
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.”
Participants must create an account on iNaturalist and contribute their observations to this project:
Observations can be dated from 12:01 Midnight on July 28 (EDT) to 12:00 Midnight (EDT) July 29. BioBlitz champs will be announced through Twitter!
Observations must be entered into iNaturalist, and registered 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) will be very helpful.
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: