National Parks BioBlitz - Pacific NW - North Cascades

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What is it?

A BioBlitz is a 24-hour event in which teams of volunteer scientists, families, students, teachers, and other community members work together to find and identify as many species of plants, animals, microbes, fungi, and other organisms as possible. In 2016, BioBlitz goes national. The cornerstone National Parks BioBlitz: Washington, D.C. will take place May 20-21, with more than a hundred concurrent BioBlitzes happening at national parks across the county.


Join Us!

The North Coast and Cascades Network, eight national park sites in Oregon and Washington (Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Olympic National Park, Mount Rainier National Park, Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve, San Juan Island National Historical Park, and North Cascades National Park Service Complex), will host a BioBlitz event May 20-21 to celebrate diversity, identify, collect, and document species in each of the park sites. From bats, to butterflies, to birds, and more!

North Cascades National Park Service Complex will explore birds, mosses, moths, tardigrades, bees, terrestrial arthropods, squirrels, and benthic invertebrates during the BioBlitz.

Schedule of Events - Visit the calendar for more information on the different events. Click the links below for participation sign up.

North Cascades Visitor Center is located along Highway 20 near the town of Newhalem. Participants for inventories in this portion of the park should meet at the North Cascades Visitor Center.

Self-Guided Bird Count - Newhalem: Saturdray all day, use the BioBlitz bird datasheet

Exotic Plant Walk - Newhalem: Saturday 9:30 am - noon, meet at North Cascades Visitor Center

Lichens - Newhalem: Saturday 9:30 am - 3 pm, meet at North Cascades Visitor Center

Fungi and Mosses - Newhalem: Saturday 9:30 am - 3 pm, meet at North Cascades Visitor Center

Riparian Beetles and Plants - Newhalem: Saturday 9:30 am - 3 pm, meet at North Cascades Visitor Center

Douglas and Red Squirrels - Newhalem: Saturday 9:30 am - 3 pm, meet at North Cascades Visitor Center

Stehekin is located in the southern portion of the park and requires a ferry, boat, or plane ride to access this area.

North Cascades BioBlitz 2016 Stehekin Kick Off - Stehekin: Friday, 8 pm - 9 pm, meet at Golden West Visitor Center

Blacklight - Stehekin: 9 pm, meet at Golden West Visitor Center

Buckner Orchard morning session- Stehekin: 10 am - noon

Buckner Orchard afternoon session - Stehekin: 1 pm - 3 pm

Invertebrate Sample Processing - Stehekin: 5 pm, meet at Golden West Visitor Center


Additional Resources

iNaturalist - In order to coordinate efforts and synthesize data from parks across the NPS during the 2016 National Parks BioBlitz, the NPS will use iNaturalist as the official data collection tool. For more information, explore the iNaturalist Overview, create an iNaturalist account, learn the parts of iNaturalist, learn how to add an iNaturalist observation, and learn how to use an iNaturalist species guide to add an observation.

e-bird - Record bird sightings, learn about birds, and more! - tools for birders, critical data for science.

Plant and Animal Species Lists - Download plant and animal checklists for the park.

Bumble Bees of the Western United States - A guide for bumble bee information and identification. (pdf 7.8 KB)

Find Your Niche in BioBlitz
Check out the video link above if you're a self-identifying biologist or naturalist and learn how you can be involved in BioBlitz. We need your biodiversity expertise!

Last updated: July 7, 2021

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810 State Route 20
Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284


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