What is a Bio Blitz?
A Bio Blitz is a short (usually one-day), intense team effort to discover as many different life forms as possible in one location. This often involves researchers and the general public working together to identify as many species as possible in a 24 hour period. The Get to Know Bio Blitz puts a fun new spin on this concept, by offering short, youth-focused events that are all about connecting with nature through cool art activities developed in consultation with iconic artist and naturalist Robert Bateman. Youth of all ages are invited to join biologists, park interpreters and naturalists as they learn the names of plants and animals around them and take part in the unique activities organized at each Bio Blitz location. Depending on where they live, youth might get a chance to try their hand at species identification, photography, wildlife sketching, writing about nature, or the discovery of the natural history of their area. No two Bio Blitzes will be the same, as each one will be a reflection of the local environment.
Each Get to Know Bio Blitz will be an opportunity for youth to not only enhance their appreciation of the environment through art and exploration, but also to engage in true citizen science. This will be done through the iNaturalist Mobile Application, which makes use of the Encyclopedia of Life’s Species Collections, allowing participants to document species and upload their observations to a collective map that is available freely online. Participating Bio Blitz sites will feature custom species lists, available both in the app and as printed field guides, to help with species identification.
I hope to have two committees one for the science and one that will organize the local community so that we can have a real good turnout. Please check this site often as there will be regular updates.