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Up Close and Personal With Nature

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Click on the BioBlitz logo above and on photo below to view four Spring Street School students' promotional video for the event.
Raena Parsons
 
spring street video crew

A Spring Street School film crew spent several days creating promotional videos for the BioBlitz. Click on the image above and on the BioBlitz logo image at top of page to view both videos.

Jill Burton

What is a BioBlitz?

A BioBlitz is a unique combination of taxonomic inventory, public outreach, and science education. At its core, the BioBlitz is species inventory in which teams of volunteers, each led by an expert scientist, find, identify, and photograph as many species as possible within a 24-hour period. This snapshot view helps us look at many different habitats over the same time period, and better understand what lives in the park.

San Juan Island National Historical Park is organizing a BioBlitz at American Camp May 3-4, 2014 from noon Saturday to noon Sunday and we need your help! We are looking for field biologists, naturalists, and taxonomic experts to participate in the BioBlitz. But even if you don't have scientific expertise, come along anyway and learn while doing.


We also need volunteer photographers, computer wizards, people wranglers and coffee makers. The success of a BioBlitz depends greatly on the knowledge and enthusiasm of the participants," said Raena Parsons, park education specialist."Come join us and share your knowledge."

Please indicate your interest by filling out a Registration Packet, available here, and send to Parsons as soon as possible. For information call her at 360-378-2240, ext. 2222 or e-mail us.

 

What is a BioBlitz?

A BioBlitz is a unique combination of taxonomic inventory, public outreach, and science education. At its core, the BioBlitz is species inventory in which teams of volunteers, each led by an expert scientist, find, identify, and photograph as many species as possible within a 24-hour period. This snapshot view helps us look at many different habitats over the same time period, and better understand what lives in the park.

San Juan Island National Historical Park is organizing a BioBlitz at American Camp May 3-4, 2014 from noon Saturday to noon Sunday and we need your help! We are looking for field biologists, naturalists, and taxonomic experts to participate in the BioBlitz. But even if you don't have scientific expertise, come along anyway and learn while doing.


We also need volunteer photographers, computer wizards, people wranglers and coffee makers. The success of a BioBlitz depends greatly on the knowledge and enthusiasm of the participants," said Raena Parsons, park education specialist."Come join us and share your knowledge."

Please indicate your interest by filling out a Registration Packet, available here, and send to Parsons as soon as possible. For information call her at 360-378-2240, ext. 2222 or e-mail us.

 

How to Prepare for the BioBlitz

Go to the links below and at right on this page to find materials that may assist you in helping scientists who will be on site May3-4. We've included plant identifications and a couple of National Geographic PowerPoint programs addressing observation and identification.

Observation

Identification

 

Citizen Science Workshop Scheduled to Prepare for BioBlitz

BioBlitzparticipants can get an early start on honing their observation andidentification skills during a Citizen Science Workshop scheduled 9 a.m. to 1p.m., Saturday April 19, in Room C at the Skagit ValleyCollege San Juan Center.

Theworkshop is free. Contact the college at 378-3265 or the park at 378-2240, ext.2222 for accessibility information.

Conducted in partnership with Wolf Hollow Wildlife RehabilitationCenter, the workshop will first address identification techniques in spottingflora and fauna in the field. Anticipated inventory teams include: algae, bats,beetles, birds, macro invertebrates, mammals, marine invertebrates, owls,plants, reptiles & amphibians, and trees.

The afternoon session includes recording scientific observationswith smart phones and other devices, led by park education specialist RaenaParsons.

For more information contact Parsons at the park number above ore-mail her at e-mail us.

 
Community Arts in the Park Returns in 2014

San Juan Island National Historical Park is once againhosting the Community Arts in the Park competition with entries acceptedbetween April 1-11.

This year's theme is Wildflowers and Pollinators of theSan Juan Islands. Entries may be of any medium but must follow the size
guide below:

· 2-D size 8"x10" or 11"x14" only, portrait or landscape in orientation

· 3-D size between 4" and18" square

Community Arts in the Park celebratesecology through art. The goal is to inspire community connections to localecology and outdoor stewardship, according to organizer Raena Parsons.

Community Arts in the Park is part ofSan Juan Island National Historical Park's first-ever BioBlitz, scheduled May3-4, 2014.

Contest Details: Art Contest Brochure and Entry Form

For more information, contact Raena Parsons at 360-378-2240ext 2222 or Raena_Parsons@nps.gov.

 
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