What is a BioBlitz?

A BioBlitz is an event that focuses on finding and identifying as many species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time. At a BioBlitz, scientists, families, students, teachers, and other community members work together to get an overall count of the plants, animals, fungi, and other organisms that live in a place.

National Geographic and the National Parks BioBlitz

In the decade leading up to the National Park Service centennial, National Geographic and the National Park Service have collaborated on a BioBlitz in a different national park each year. In 2016, to celebrate the centennial, over 250 BioBlitzes are happening across the country and throughout the year.

https://www.nationalgeographic.org/projects/bioblitz/

BioBlitz initiative

Phillips Farm County Park Bio Blitz organized by Moscow High School Biology teacher Lee Anne Erickson and the Idaho Geographic Alliance.

A BioBlitz is an event that focuses on finding and identifying as many species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time. At a BioBlitz, scientists, families, students, teachers, and other community members work together to get an overall count of the plants, animals, fungi, and other organisms that live in a place.

In the decade leading up to the National Park Service centennial, National Geographic and the National Park Service have collaborated on a BioBlitz in a different national park each year. In 2016, to celebrate the centennial, over 250 BioBlitzes are happening across the country and throughout the year.

 

 

 


 

Click the image to learn about conducting a BioBlitz at your school.
Students explore their schoolyard to collect a species inventory and assessment of environmental health.

Click the image to explore lessons for Designing a BioBlitz Learning Experience.
Recruit and support scientists, naturalists, and other expert volunteers to lead BioBlitz inventories that engage both students and community members in a fun, dynamic, participatory science learning and stewardship event.

Click the Nat Geo link to explore lessons for Introducing Biodiversity and BioBlitz.
Students prepare for BioBlitz by defining biodiversity and examining the characteristics of various plants and animals as examples of taxonomic groupings. Students learn about the number of species identified globally in key taxa and use this information to make predictions about the biodiversity they may observe during their local BioBlitz.

Students investigate and analyze local biodiversity using iNaturalist observations. They collaborate in small groups to explore observations and identification of various taxon groups. Then students create a class graph of data and draw inferences about biodiversity, invasive species, and endangered species in their local park.