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!
BioBlitzes are a way to bring the community together to celebrate biodiversity while experiencing the wonder of nature in all of its fabulous niches.
During the Wisconsin Science Festival Bioblitz, join with people from all across the state during the 100 hours from sunrise on Thursday, October 15, until sunset on Sunday, October 18. 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. Also, don’t forget to register your students for our Live “Ask Me Anything” session on Friday, October 16, 12:30-1:30 p.m., where you can chat with scientists involved in environmental research.
Interested in hosting or participating in a BioBlitz in October 2020? Connect with us at [email protected] to find out more!
Later in 2020, we will offer resource guides for setting up a BioBlitz in your community.