It’s Finally Here—BioBlitz 2014!

It’s time to get out and explore!

The 2014 Bioblitz is this Friday, March 28 and Saturday, March 29 in several national parks, including Muir Woods National Monument, Fort Point National Historic Site, and locations in Golden Gate National Recreation Area including the Giacomini wetlands, Muir Beach, the Marin Headlands, Crissy Field, the Presidio, Mori Point, and Rancho Corral de Tierra.

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Photograph by Patricia Norris, National Geographic Education

A BioBlitz is a 24-hour event in which teams of volunteer scientists, families, students, teachers, and other community members work together to find and identify as many species of plants, animals, microbes, fungi, and other organisms as possible. National Geographic is helping conduct a BioBlitz in a different national park each year during the decade leading up to the U.S. National Park Service Centennial in 2016.

A scientist leads an inventory at last year’s BioBlitz in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Photograph by Samantha Zuhlke, National Geographic Education.

This year’s goals include:

  • Discovering, counting, mapping, and learning about the living creatures in the park;
  • Providing scientists and the public with an opportunity to do fieldwork together;
  • Adding to the park’s official species list;
  • Highlighting the importance of protecting the biodiversity of these extraordinary places and beyond.

If you won’t be in California this weekend, don’t despair. There are plenty of ways to participate virtually.

  • Be a citizen scientist. Download iNaturalist to document wildlife in your own community, or participate in the Great Nature Project. You’ll be contributing to a global citizen science effort!
  • Do the BioBlitz Dance. 
  • Host your own BioBlitz. Use our educational resources. Stay tuned for more tips and tricks, coming later this week.

If you will be in California this weekend, lucky you! Here’s everything you need to get ready. See you there!

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