Part Scientific endeavor, part festival, and part education, the BioBlitz event brings together teams of volunteer citizen scientists, families, students, teachers and other community members of all ages to find and identify as many species of plants, animals, fungi, and other organisms as possible in one day at the park.
Bioblitz @ Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP
Community, Families, Students, Teachers, Citizen Scientists - All invited May 21st!
Connect to iNaturalist Vermont Atlas of Life
Step outside with us and become part of a growing network of "citizen scientists". Curiosity required, no experience necessary! People of all ages and skill levels are welcome. Bring your smart phone if you want to learn how to use the iNaturalist app to log your discoveries. Bring a camera, binoculars, magnifying glasses, butterfly nets, or gardening gloves if you like.
Connect to the iNaturalist Vermont Atlas of Life to create an iNaturalist account to use during your BioBlitz adventure at the Park.
Become a Habitat Explorer: Birds, Rock Walls, Streams, Old Logs, Pond, Trees etc.
Guided walks to explore different habitats leave from the Forest Center. Come for one, or come for all! Join in a friendly competition to see what team can find the most species. Habitat explorers should come dressed for hiking and bring a snack and water. Teams will add observations to a real-time online website and can watch live updates using the citizen science app as teams find more and more species!
- 7 – 9 a.m. Birds. The park is home to over 140 species. How many can we find in one day?
- 9 –11 a.m. RockWalls. Explore old stone walls and help document every living thing we find among these historic features.
- 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Streams. From salamanders to water striders, the park’s waterways have a rich diversity of life. Help explore and document the biodiversity of these clear mountain streams.
- 12 –1 p.m. Lunch. Bring your own picnic lunch and join us at the Forest Center.
- 1 – 3 p.m. Old Logs. Join us to discover what is hidden within and beneath old logs on the forest floor. From fungi to invertebrates or even a salamander, we’ll find and document them.
- 1 – 4 p.m. Mega-Transect. Join us as we walk across the entire park documenting everything that is found – from trees to bees and everything between. This will be a rigorous hike full of discovery.
- 2 – 4 p.m. Pogue Pond. Using nets, buckets and our cameras, help document the life in the waters of this historic pond.
- 3 – 5 p.m. Trees, Snags, and Trunks. There’s a lot of life living on both living and dead trees. We’ll explore and photo-document all of it. From insects to lichens and more, how many species can we find living on a tree?