On Saturday June 24th, from 7am to 11am, citizens and local scientists will conduct a “Bioblitz” at the Otter Rock Marine Reserve. Understanding our natural world takes the observations of many and the Bioblitz is a fun new way to target a small area, such as the tidepools at Otter Rock.
Citizens will have the opportunity to work alongside naturalists and scientists to photograph and identify plants and animals within the tidepools and upload them to a species inventory on a cool interactive website. The project is organized using iNaturalist software, a smartphone application that maps and catalogues participating citizens and scientists observations. Participants with smartphones can download the iNaturalist application (www.iNaturalist.org) at or prior to the event to join in the fun – no experience necessary!
Join this team effort of local scientists and citizens to support long-term monitoring of Otter Rock Marine Reserve. Whether you’re a die-hard tidepooler, a novice naturalist or just getting your feet wet with the Oregon coast, the event is sure to be filled with fun and learning!
Free and open to the public, citizens and local scientists alike are encouraged to join the Bioblitz effort.
Participants should come prepared with sturdy shoes and dressed for coastal weather and meet at Devil’s Punchbowl State Park next to the restrooms at 7am. Expert scientists and naturalists will be on hand to support participants with their discoveries. For more information or questions, contact Ian Throckmorton at firstname.lastname@example.org.