The National Park Service and the Point Reyes National Seashore Association are working with National Geographic to organize a BioBlitz on March 28 & 29, 2014. A BioBlitz is a 24-hour window where citizen scientists, the public, students, and scientists join together to quickly catalog the biological diversity of an area. The Golden Gate National Recreation Area is the primary focus area, and, in West Marin, we will catalog the recently restored Giacomini Wetlands. Areas of focus will include: algae, invertebrates, birds, amphibians, plankton, fungi, mammals, and plants. More specific information about volunteering and educational opportunities will be available in January.
2014 Public Registration
The Golden Gate National Parks BioBlitz is an exciting opportunity for anyone interested in science and nature to accompany experts on a biological field inventory in the parks. Inventories will focus on a wide range of different taxonomic groups, including birds, insects, and plants, and there will also be less specific inventories that explore all that lives in a particular part of a park (See complete inventory schedule). No matter what inventory you are on, you will have a great time out in the field learning, exploring, sampling, and documenting the parks’ stunning array of living diversity. You can sign up for these free inventories based on their location and your interest. Most inventories will be two hours long. By scrolling over the listed inventory (See complete inventory schedule), you will find additional notes, including level of difficulty, to help you choose the right inventory for you. Space is limited.
Online Registration for Inventory Teams
You can register up to five people at one time. We expect spots to fill quickly, so it is best to register soon. Online registration will close
Monday, March 17 Friday, March 21 (registration deadline extended). Scientists and K-12 teachers who have already registered do not need to register again. Advanced online registration is required to ensure a spot on an inventory team.
Full Schedule of Inventories
With inventories taking place throughout the parks, registration is organized by location and day.
SEE INVENTORY SCHEDULE (PDF)
Every participant (or parent/guardian of a minor) must print, sign, and turn in the liability waiver at check-in before participating in a BioBlitz inventory. Printed copies will also be available at check-in if you forget.
DOWNLOAD WAIVER (PDF)
All inventory participants will need good hiking (close-toed) shoes, a hat, layers, water, long pants, and a snack. Please note any special information in the inventory description.
Important Points for Field Inventory Participants
- All minors (under 18) must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
- In general, inventory teams are best suited for ages 8 and older. There will be many hands-on and educational activities at the BioBlitz Festival that will appeal to all ages, including younger children.
- Plan extra travel time to accommodate for traffic. Also, many of the roads are windy and require reduced speed. Please check in at least 20 minutes before your team is scheduled to depart.
- If you need to cancel or make a change to your registration, please contact the BioBlitz coordinators by email. Once you have registered on the online site, an administrator must make any changes.
- Check out the FAQ sheet for answers to many questions, or email the coordinators.
BioBlitz Volunteer Registration is LIVE!
Team BioBlitz is rallying event volunteers! Thank you for your support! We've received plenty of support for most positions but we still need more Learning Liaisons!
- Inventory Docents – FULL
- Learning Liaisons – FULL
- Data Squad – FULL
- Support Central Crew – FULL
Click on the links above to learn more and to register. Registration closes Monday, March 10, 2014. If you have any questions, contact Team BioBlitz via email or call 415-561-3044.
BioBlitz Your Shot Assignment Starting March 1!
A special National Geographic Your Shot assignment is about to begin! Biodiversity-related submissions will be accepted between March 1 and March 21, and the top 100 photos will be displayed at the upcoming BioBlitz festival. Help give the judges lots of Bay Area imagery to chose from. Look for the assignment on the Your Shot Assignments & Stories page!
Visit National Geographic's BioBlitz 2014: Golden Gate National Recreation Area, California page for more information or contact Dr. Ben Becker at 415-464-5187 or by email.More »