Want to help with the National Parks BioBlitz in D.C.?

I've been working closely with @loarie and the National Park Service to prepare for the National Parks BioBlitz happening all over the country in May 2016. iNaturalist is a central component of the National Parks BioBlitz and we want to do everything we can to make sure that each species seen on an inventory gets recorded in iNaturalist. To that end, we are recruiting special volunteers that we are calling "iNaturalist Pro-Observers" to go on each inventory to help record the species seen and help inventory participants troubleshoot any problems they encounter.

We're working on training materials to get Pro-Observers prepared that we will distribute broadly to be used in advance of any other BioBlitz, but I am most closely involved in the event here in D.C. where we've already been working hard to get the word out to people who might be interested in leading inventories.

If you are in or near D.C., we would love to have your help!

Sign up here to volunteer as an iNaturalist Pro-Observer in/near D.C.

Sign up here to lead an inventory in/near D.C.

Thank you to @treegrow, @muir, and @jhammock for signing up already! And welcome to iNaturalist @francestoler, @dossification, @bbot20008, @joem50, @rsteele936, and @kostihl08!

Tagging @yakfur, @congonaturalist, @treichard, @kylefitzroy, @ligraceshen, @calopteryx, @steveo54, @jessica32, @dctr, @botanygirl, @timbir5, @ehurme, @ecologyelise @briangratwicke because we think you might be around.

I've attached a few observations from our site visits to different NPS units last week with @maryeford and @jbrown. You can message me on iNaturalist or email me at cseltzer@ngs.org if you have questions. We look forward to working with you at the BioBlitz!

Posted on February 09, 2016 07:55 PM by carrieseltzer carrieseltzer

Observations

Photos / Sounds

What

Crows and Ravens (Genus Corvus)

Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

February 1, 2016 11:45 AM EST

Description

I also have a recording... I just have to get it into soundcloud.

Photos / Sounds

Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

February 2, 2016 09:47 AM EST

Description

On tree bark. Close ups taken with my easy macro.

Photos / Sounds

What

Southern Flying Squirrel (Glaucomys volans)

Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

February 3, 2016 11:35 AM EST

Description

Most exciting sighting while doing site visits for BioBlitz 2016! We were concerned that it might be unwell. It was foraging and eating about 12 feet away from about a dozen people watching it on the trail in the middle of the day.

Shaky video: https://goo.gl/photos/Z2YmpZrT8sb3ehMF8

Seen with @jbrown and @maryeford.

Photos / Sounds

What

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

February 4, 2016 11:18 AM EST

Description

On a little island In the Constitution Gardens pond. Site of the BioBlitz festival in May!

Comments

I was wondering if there was a map of where the NP BioBlitz events were occurring and I found it: http://www.nature.nps.gov/biology/biodiversity/bioblitz2016.cfm for anyone interested (who's not?)

It would be neat to be able to combine the NP events with other BioBlitz events occurring across the country at local parks and preserves!

Posted by calloftheloon over 8 years ago

Happy to help! I was planning on volunteering at a park for bats or insects anyway, and my park is hosting a BioBlitz in late June, this will be great first-hand experience prior to our event. Thanks for tagging me!

Posted by jessica32 over 8 years ago

Great @jessica32! What's your park?

Posted by carrieseltzer over 8 years ago

Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River, above the Delaware Water Gap.

Posted by jessica32 over 8 years ago

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