The Nat’s last Balboa Park BioBlitz was hosted in 2008 making this year’s event the 10-year anniversary of the program—and we’re inviting San Diego residents and visitors to join us in documenting the species found here in the Park.
A BioBlitz is a 24-hour effort to document as many species of wild plants and animals in a given area at a time, in this case, Balboa Park. Both scientists and citizen scientists join in on the fun collectively gallivanting around the Park in search of birds, mammals, spiders, insects, plants, reptiles, amphibians, and even fossils!
The Balboa Park BioBlitz begins Friday, April 27 at 2 PM and ends on Saturday, April 28 at 2 PM. The Nat will have tables set up inside and outside the Museum on Saturday, April 28 from 11 AM to 3 PM to help participants get up to speed with the iNaturalist app and answer questions. Participants can interact with working scientists, trained naturalists, and environmental educators. There will be a species count reveal at 3 PM on the Museum’s south steps.
- Bat Spotting at the Balboa Park Lily Pond| The Nat | Friday, April 27 dusk
- Canyoneer hike in Florida Canyon | Saturday, April 28 at 8:30 AM
- Species ID and iNaturalist with Nat staff | The Nat | Saturday, 11 AM – 3 PM
- Paleontoligst Fossil Hike in Florida Canyon | Saturday, April 28 at 1 PM
- Species count reveal | Saturday, April 28 at 3 PM
All species accounts will be tracked using iNaturalist, a platform dedicated to recording what you see in nature, allowing you to meet other nature lovers, and learn about the natural world. You can upload observations on your desktop computer, or via the app.
Not familiar with the iNaturalist app? Not to worry, it’s super user-friendly. All you have to do is:
This event is a part of the larger City Nature Challenge, a worldwide competition to see which city can make the most observations of their local plants and animals over a 4-day period. Observations submitted to this BioBlitz iNaturalist project will contribute to San Diego’s chances of winning the 2018 City Nature Challenge.
Don’t forget, for your safety and the safety of wildlife, please stay on the trails within the Park.