Self-Guided Citizen Science Bioblitz!
September 4, 2021
Eastern Sierra Land Trust is inviting you to participate in collecting scientific observations in a self-guided Citizen Science Bioblitz event!
Who: Anyone in the Eastern Sierra Region
What: National Geographic defines Citizen Science as, “the practice of public participation and collaboration in scientific research to increase scientific knowledge.”
Where: Anywhere throughout the Eastern Sierra. You can make observations in your backyard, the local park, or your favorite trail!
When: September 4th – all day
Why: This event is to encourage everyone to look a little closer around us and notice the biodiversity that is beneath our feet and in front of our eyes every day. By making these fun observations in our corner of the globe, we may also be contributing to scientific data that can be accessed across the world. And you’ll have the chance to win prizes – beautiful Eastern Sierra artwork from the talented Ann Logan!
How: You can do this on your own at any time of the day on September 4th by uploading your observations to the iNaturalist project: “2021 ESLT Bioblitz”
To record your observations, we’ll use the iNaturalist app.
Two ways you can use iNaturalist are:
- Using a smartphone to download the app, take photos of the organism, and upload instantly to the “2021 ESLT Bioblitz” project.
- Using a camera to take photos, and then uploading the photos to your iNaturalist profile and the “2021 ESLT Bioblitz” project on iNaturalist using a computer.
If you don’t know how to use the app or just want to learn more about this event, ESLT is sharing an informational video where we’ll break down the app, how to use it, and answer any questions. Check it out here.
You can also view this informative slideshow for another look at how-to use iNaturalist.
We will also go over how you can win prizes just by making awesome observations!
The challenges to win prizes are below:
- Most overall observations
- Most identified species
- Most interesting observation!
- Most bird species
- Best quality photo
- Most invertebrates
- Most flowering plants
- Most fungi
- Most winged insect species
- Most native plants
Winning one of these challenges could get you an Ann Logan art piece/product of your choice!
- An Eastern Sierra landscape hat
- “Blood Moon Bristlecones” 8.5×11 print
- Sierra mountainscape 12×17 print
- Fall aspens 20×20 canvas
Share this with family and friends!
Please check back soon for new opportunities to get out, explore, and get involved in our conservation efforts here in the Eastern Sierra.