2022_Wisconsin Great Lakes BioBlitz-CGLL state level project's Journal

May 20, 2022

The final day of the Great Lakes BioBlitz is here!

Thank you so much for participating in the Great Lakes BioBlitz. We hope you have had a great time 'Blitzing with us this year! While we are sad the Great Lakes BioBlitz is coming to an end, it's been an amazing four weeks! We've already seen a lot of observations get posted, and have had a fantastic level of participation across the entire Great Lakes Basin.

But, it's not quite over just yet…. There is still all day today, up until 11:59pm in your time zone, to post final observations! So, our unofficial final challenge for our last day of the Great Lakes BioBlitz is to see if you can post a personal best in the number of observations you make in one day!

Remember, even though the Great Lakes BioBlitz is officially ending at the end of today, that doesn't mean the fun has to stop! Youth can submit their best photos taken between April 22, 2022 and May 20, 2022 to our photo contest until Wednesday, May 26, 2022.

We'd also like to remind you that you can keep your observation and photo skills sharp for next year's Great Lakes BioBlitz by continuing to help catalog biodiversity all year long. You can post observations into iNaturalist even after the Great Lakes BioBlitz ends! Try joining a different iNaturalist project, or start your own! But don't forget to join us again in April of 2023!

Have a great final day BioBlitzing!

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May 13, 2022

Home stretch! It's week four of the Great Lakes BioBlitz!

We are seeing some great observations capturing local biodiversity, which is fantastic. But apart from that being the point of this event, we hope seeking out and submitting biodiversity photos has also been as much fun for you as it has for us! In fact, we've been having such a good time that we can't believe it's our last week of the Great Lakes BioBlitz already? Can you?!?

For week four we've saved some really good challenges. We think they may be the most challenging yet, but are confident you all can rise to meet them!

Terrestrial Challenge
Week 4: Photograph something that grows in the wild and bears fruit.

Aquatic Challenges
Week 4: Photograph an aquatic ectotherm (an ectotherm is an animal that cannot create its own body heat) but is not a fish.

Good luck in week four! We are excited to see what you find!

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May 06, 2022

Great Lakes BioBlitz reaches week three and is going strong!

We are officially at the halfway point of our Great Lakes BioBlitz, and we are seeing lots of fantastic observations so far! Keep up the great work!

We've got a couple of new challenges to keep you inspired this week and can't wait to see what you come up with!

Terrestrial Challenge
Week 3: Photograph something that lays eggs but isn’t a bird.

Aquatic Challenge
Week 3: Photograph something that has gills.

Remember, participants who are 18 and younger can submit their best photos to our photo contest. Submissions don't have to be of something that meets the challenges, but perhaps a photo capturing something that satisfies one of the challenges could give you a great shot! Want to know more about the photo contest? click here.

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April 29, 2022

Welcome to week two of the Great Lakes BioBlitz!

We hope that you were able to capture some great photos of your local biodiversity in week one. For some of us across the basin, spring is a little slow to arrive so we kept the challenge easy. But each week we will up the challenge a bit to keep things, well, challenging!

Ready to grab your cameras or phones and give week two a go? As you head out to explore your local flora and fauna see if you find things that meet these criteria:

Terrestrial Challenge
Week 2: Photograph something with fur or feathers.

Aquatic Challenge
Week 2: Photograph something that swims or lives in the water but isn’t a fish.

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April 22, 2022

Hurray! The Great Lakes BioBlitz is finally underway!

Welcome to opening day of the Great Lakes BioBlitz!

Be sure to check the Great Lakes BioBlitz projects each Friday for an observation photo challenge. Actually there will be two, one for terrestrial (land-based) challenges and one for aquatic (water-based) challenges. Remember, youth 18 and younger can submit their best photos to the Great Lakes BioBlitz photo contest! Your photos don't have to be from observations of our challenges, but it may help give you some inspiration! To learn more about the Great Lakes BioBlitz youth photo contest,click here.

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Let's get started with a couple easy challenges for week one:

Terrestrial Challenge
Week 1: Photograph something that stays green all year round.

Aquatic Challenge
Week 1: Photograph something that lives or grows in or around a lake or stream.

Good luck! We can't wait to see what you see in your part of the Great Lakes Basin!

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April 21, 2022

It's almost here!

Get ready, get set, the Great Lakes BioBlitz starts tomorrow!

Check back mid morning for our week one observation photo challenge!

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April 18, 2022

Get your cameras ready! The Great Lakes BioBlitz starts this Friday!

Greetings Great Lakes BioBlitzers! This Friday (April 22nd) is Earth Day and the kick-off of the Great Lakes BioBlitz! Starting Friday, you can begin posting your observations of wild, living things in your area. Yay! And, remember, youth 18 and under can submit their best photo to our 2022 Great Lakes BioBlitz photo contest. Learn more about the photo contest here: https://z.umn.edu/2022CGLL_GLBB-photocontest.

Be sure to check in with us every Friday for a new photo challenge. We will post a "terrestrial" challenge and an "aquatic" challenge to help inspire you as you are out in nature.

We can't wait to see what you observe!

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March 24, 2022

Educators: need some inspiration for using the Great Lakes BioBlitz and iNaturalist in your classroom?

The Center for Great Lakes Literacy presents:

"Using the Great Lakes BioBlitz & iNaturalist as a Teaching Tool Workshop Mini-Series."

Workshop presented via Zoom on April 12 and 19th. Registration is now open! Seats are limited, sign-up today!

To learn more about this workshop or to register, click here .

To learn more about the Great Lakes BioBlitz, click here .

To learn more about the Great Lakes BioBlitz youth photo contest, click here.

Posted on March 24, 2022 20:18 by n_colefisher n_colefisher | 0 comments | Leave a comment

February 18, 2022

The Great Lakes BioBlitz is starting soon!

Are you a Wisconsin student participant in the BioBlitz age 18 or younger? Submit your best photo taken during the BioBlitz for a chance to have your photo on next year's Wisconsin project header! For more details visit our webpage at https://www.cgll.org/2022-great-lakes-bioblitz-photo-contest/

Check back here each week during the BioBlitz for our photo challenges!

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