Explore Wisconsin’s Biodiversity with a BioBlitz!

Nature Explorers: Join the Wisconsin BioBlitz!

Have you ever wondered how many species exist in our environment? From the shores of Lake Michigan to the forests of the Northwoods or the soil in your backyard, Wisconsin is teeming with life – and the Wisconsin Science Festival is launching a statewide BioBlitz project to learn more!


What is a BioBlitz?

A BioBlitz activity tries to measure as much life as possible within a defined space and time. Interested in bugs? Spend an afternoon counting all the insects at a local park. Teaching a unit on plants? Take your class to count all the flowering species you can find in a nearby meadow. Feeling ambitious? Organize your community to count every species you can find in 24 hours. A BioBlitz can take place in a park, a school, an urban lot or your backyard. The possibilities are endless!

Why participate?

BioBlitzes are a way to bring the community together to celebrate biodiversity while experiencing the wonder of nature in all of its fabulous niches.

Your mission

During the Wisconsin Science Festival Bioblitz, join with people from all across the state from sunrise on Monday, October 14, until sunset on Sunday, October 20. Download the iNaturalist app on your device (optional but encouraged), find at least 10 species in the environment around you and add your observations to the Wisconsin Science Festival BioBlitz project on iNaturalist.

Learn more

CLICK HERE to explore more BioBlitz related activities you can do on your own.

Check out our BioBlitzes from previous years.

The Wisconsin Science Festival BioBlitz allows volunteers from the public and professionals to report observations of plants, animals, and fungi seen in Wisconsin. This is part of the Wisconsin Science Festival, which is a weeklong statewide celebration across Wisconsin for people of all ages.

The information you provide may be used by the Wisconsin Science Festival, its partners, or others for any purpose, including to study, manage, and conserve Wisconsin’s wildlife. Data on rare species or personal information you provide may be used to supplement the research efforts of our partners. Reports of federally threatened or endangered species, including date, location, and your name, may be shared with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The photos and observation data that you submit, generalized to the township level, may be displayed on the Wisconsin Science Festival website, under the display name of your choice or as anonymous.

Interested in hosting or participating in a BioBlitz in October 2024? Connect with us at [email protected] to find out more!

By participating in events held, sponsored, or promoted by Wisconsin Science Festival, you agree to assume all risk related to COVID-19 and release from liability the Wisconsin Science Festival and its affiliated partners and sponsors, as more fully set forth at WiSciFest.org/termsandconditions.  Learn about the year-round community programs at the Discovery Building.

Copyright 2024