July 17-19 | Record plants and wildlife across Wyoming for the 11th year of this statewide community science event.
An annual community science program run in conjunction with the Nature Conservancy and Audubon Rockies.
The Biodiversity Institute, Audubon Rockies, and The Nature Conservancy host an annual 24-hour BioBlitz event in which teams of scientists, teachers, volunteers, environmental educators, and community members join forces to find, identify, and learn about the local plant, insect, and animal species as possible.
The Annual Wyoming BioBlitz is Co-hosted by Audubon Rockies, The Nature Conservancy, and the UW Biodiversity Institute.
What Is Wyoming BioBlitz?
The Wyoming BioBlitz is a free, one-of-a-kind, annual opportunity for families, students, and all nature-lovers to search for and learn about plants and wildlife in Wyoming. For the last 11 years, Wyoming BioBlitz has been an in-person event, but this year we will be holding it statewide virtually due to the coronavirus.
From July 17-19 this year, people can participate by submitting observations of wild organisms from anywhere in Wyoming using iNaturalist. For some friendly competition, we’ve divided the state into 8 regions. Any observations in Wyoming that you submit will automatically be included in the appropriate regional projects. The participants in the region with the most observations will receive a prize, as will individuals/families who submit the most observations!
If you’re reading this, you probably already know how fun and exciting it is to notice new or uncommon species around you. Wyoming BioBlitz feeds that sense of curiosity and discovery by encouraging people to observe everything around them, from the moose to the millipedes. By dedicating some time to looking for new species, you’re also likely to learn about wildlife you didn’t even know about.
Wyoming BioBlitz is also a great opportunity for families to spend time together doing something out of the ordinary. No level of expertise is needed, which means family members of all ages can enjoy a weekend of exploring nature and the biodiversity in it.
Finally, participating in Wyoming BioBlitz contributes scientific data that are useful to scientists and conservationists working to study and protect Wyoming’s wonderful plants and wildlife.
How Do I Participate in Wyoming BioBlitz 2020?
To participate in Wyoming BioBlitz 2020, just follow these steps:
Audubon Rockies hosted the first BioBlitz in 2008. The Biodiversity Institute joined as a partner in 2014 and has been involved ever since. The BioBlitz is a 24-hour event in which teams of scientists, teachers, volunteers, environmental educators, and community members join forces to find, identify, and learn about as many local plant, insect, and animal species as possible.
The Annual Wyoming Bioblittz brings together scientists and the public to survey for every type of organism we can find in an area within a couple of days. The BioBlitz will be a weekend-long event in which teams of scientists, teachers, volunteers, environmental educators, and community members join forces to find, identify, and learn about as many local plant, insect, and animal species as possible.
What Is iNaturalist?
iNaturalist is an online social network with a free app and website that provide a place to record and organize nature observations, meet other nature enthusiasts, and learn about the natural world. You can use it to record your observations, get help with identifications, and view other people’s observations.