2019 Border BioBlitz

Join the 2019 Border BioBlitz

The Border BioBlitz takes places on Saturday, March 2 and Sunday, March 3 from 8 AM to 1 PM. You can participate either day, but if you'd like to join a team of staff and volunteers from The Nat, please come on down to Border Field State Park* on Saturday, March 2. This binational effort aims to record as many wild plants and animals as possible along each side of the U.S.-Mexico border, and participants will use iNaturalist to document wildlife. Results will help inform conservation efforts in our border region.

Already an iNaturalist pro? Join us as a team leader. Contact Citizen Science Manager Lauren Marino Perez.

*In the event of significant rainfall, BioBlitz surveys at Border Field State Park will be cancelled due to potentially contaminated floodwaters. Trails at the Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center are not affected by contaminated floodwaters. Even during showers, participants will be able to make observations in the Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center.

Schedule of events

Saturday, March 2

There will be 8 AM and 11 AM group orientations at the Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center. Each orientation will include a brief overview of State Park rules, a quick iNaturalist introduction, and completing release forms.

8-9 AM: First group orientation and iNaturalist training at Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center

9-10 AM: Team leaders supervise groups making iNaturalist observations in Border Field State Park

10 AM: Team leaders return to Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center; participants are welcome to keep observing on their own, head back to the Visitor Center, or depart.

11 AM-Noon: Second group orientation and iNaturalist training at Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center

Noon-1 PM: Team leaders supervise groups making iNaturalist observations in Border Field State Park

1 PM: Team leaders return to Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center; participants are welcome to keep observing on their own, head back to the Visitor Center, or depart.

Required for participation
You MUST attend the on-site orientation and sign a liability waiver to participate. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Please wear closed-toe shoes/boots and bring a smart phone capable of downloading iNaturalist or a digital camera.

Recommended for participation
Pants and long-sleeved shirts, water, lunch, and sun protection are highly recommended.

The Border BioBlitz is made possible thanks to partnerships with Botanical Community Development Initiatives and Next Generation Sonoran Desert Researchers.

What is a BioBlitz?

A BioBlitz is a 24-hour effort to document as many species of wild plants and animals in a given area at a time. Both scientists and citizen scientists join in on the fun collectively gallivanting around in search of birds, mammals, spiders, insects, plants, reptiles, amphibians and more!