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Great Lakes BioBlitz Kick-off! (April 22-May 20)

April 22

Have you been cooped up for too long? Do you wish you could get your students outside? Are you looking for fun things to do solo or with your family? Then a bioblitz might be just the thing for you!

What is the Great Lakes Bioblitz? A bioblitz is an event that focuses on finding and identifying as many wild, living things as possible in a specific area over a short period of time. This bioblitz focuses on the the Great Lakes region, and it runs for four weeks.

Who should participate in the bioblitz? Teachers, educators, students, families, and anyone else who can go outside and safely explore their surroundings.

Why should I participate in the bioblitz? Bioblitzes provide a way to record biodiversity, the variety of wild living things found in a given area. For the Great Lakes Bioblitz, Ontario, Canada, and each Great Lakes state will collectively make observations, and the observations from each region can be compared to the observations from another region.

How do I participate in the bioblitz?

  1. Visit www.inaturalist.org on your computer, or download the iNaturalist app from your app store onto your mobile device.
  2. Create an account (free).
  3. Become a member of the Michigan Bioblitz (CGLL) project.
  4. Become a member of the Great Lakes Bioblitz (CGLL) “umbrella” project .
  5. Start making observations!

How do I find the projects on iNaturalist? Visit www.inaturalist.org and search for your regions’ project [your region name] Great Lakes Biolblitz (CGLL) and the umbrella project or click on the link below:

When is it?

  • Starts: Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22, 2020
  • Ends: Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Questions about iNaturalist or the Great Lakes Bioblitz? Contact Marte Kitson at mkitson@d.umn.edu or 218-726-8305.