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BioBlitz

September 17 - 25th
Riverside Natural Area in Hamilton

 

What is a bioblitz?

A bioblitz is a communal citizen-science effort to record as many species of plants and animals within a designated location and time period as possible. 

How to take part

Go for a walk in the Natural Area and take clear photos of the different species of plants and animals you observe. You do not need to know what species they are, a great part about this project is that we are going to use iNaturalist to help with identification. This app/website uses crowdsourcing to identify the plants

and animals. 

When: Go for a hike and make observations anytime from Saturday September 17 through Sunday, September 25. Please make sure to have all observations posted by Sunday the 25th. 

Location: 111 Conservation Way in Hamilton map

Trail Map (pdf)

What is iNaturalist?

iNaturalist is a phone app or website you can post your observations for plants and animals to. It provides a place to record and organize nature findings, meet other nature enthusiasts, and learn about the natural world. 

How to Use iNaturalist

They have great info on their website on how to make observations with your phone (either apple or android), or on their website.  Using the app on your phone is by far the easiest way to upload your observations, especially for those new to iNaturalist. 

https://www.inaturalist.org/pages/getting+started

Create an iNaturalist Account (free)

To take part in the BioBlitz you will need to set up an iNaturalist account to be able to share your observations. Users must be 13 years or older to make an account. If you and your children want to participate, make a family account. 

https://www.inaturalist.org/

Join Our Project

On the app

Under projects, search for Riverside Natural Area BioBlitz Fall 2022. Click it to open it and hit join. When you make observations within the Natural Area it will post to the project. 

On the website

Visit the Community dropdown, then select projects. Search for Riverside Natural Area BioBlitz Fall 2022. Click it to open it to open page. The join button is located towards the top right in the "About" box.  When you make observations within the Natural Area it will post to the project, if the location data is provided. 

Make Observations

There is a 1 minute video on how to take better photos of your observations. https://vimeo.com/167341998

Uploading from the app is straightforward. But photos from cameras need to be first uploaded to a computer and then added to the iNaturalist website as observations.

Submit Observations

An observation records an encounter with an individual organism at a particular time and location. This includes encounters with signs of organisms like tracks, nests, or things that just died.  When you make an observation, you’ll record:

Who you are: this is your account name

Where you saw it: If you have location services turned on, your photo will include the coordinates of your observation. If you choose not to turn on location services, you will need to manually add the location.

What you saw: If you know you saw a butterfly, you can choose a group name like butterfly. If you know it was a monarch butterfly, you can be more specific. If you have no clue, leave this part blank and the community can help.

When you saw it: This is the date you made the encounter, not the date you added it to iNaturalist. 

Evidence of what you saw: This would the photo you took of the plant or animal. Using the iNatualist app, you can even record sound for something like a bird call. 

Your observations don’t need to include all of these parts, but they do in order to become research quality observations for science. Remember, you should make separate observations for each separate organism you encounter. If you observed something that is not wild, like a garden plant or a lion in the zoo, make sure to mark it as captive/cultivated to prevent it from becoming research quality.

After the BioBlitz

We will work hard to identify all of the observations. When one of your observations has been identified, you will be notified through iNaturalist. 

Do you know your bugs, plants, or animals?

We are seeking people with species knowledge to help us with the ID of people's observations. If you are interested in helping with this, you can do so from your home by clicking on the project to see peoples observations. Or, you can join us at the Natural Area's building on Joe Nuhall Way (next to Wake Nation) on Sunday. If interested in joining us, please email Kathy Schwable

More information about how to identify observations is available at https://www.inaturalist.org/pages/getting+started#identify

Questions

Please email Kathy Schwable