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 a snapshot of an area’s biodiversity. These events can happen in most any geography—urban, rural, or suburban—in areas as small as a backyard or as large as a country.
Smartphone technologies and apps such as iNaturalist make collecting photographs and biological information about living things easy as part of a BioBlitz. High quality data uploaded to iNaturalist become part of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility, an open source database used by scientists and policy makers around the world.
Plan a BioBlitz
Get inspired with these BioBlitz Guides and videos to create an event at a school, in a park, or anywhere. Use the planning sheet to organize your ideas. During the event, collect observation data using the iNaturalist app or on paper with these data sheets: BioBlitz Observation Guide, Species Identification Cards, or Data Chart.
Engage students before, during, and after a BioBlitz event.
Students select a habitat, observe it, and record their observations.
Students practice classification skills using a collection of their shoes.
Students select and map an area. Then they practice finding direction, determining scale, and identifying natural and human features.
Students select an area, identify the species living there, and complete a species inventory.
Students conduct a plot study to observe and record the presence of all living organisms in a selected area.