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Neighborhood Naturalists Trailside BioBlitz — July 25-August 2, 2020

Saturday, July 25, 2020 - 1:00am to Sunday, August 2, 2020 - 11:00pm

Discover nature and advance scientific research- it's as easy as taking a photo! Join the fun:

See Nature

Take part in this Trailside BioBlitz by visiting one of our study sites along the Jordan River Parkway or Salt Lake City-managed sections of the Bonneville Shoreline Trails anytime from July 25-August 2. We won't have any in-person events as part of this BioBlitz, so get out to observe whenever works best for you. We have made study areas large and the date spread long to promote safe outdoor recreation.

Take a Photo 

Photograph the individual wild plants, animals, and insects you find on your adventure. 

Add to iNaturalist

Post your photos to iNaturalist, a free online database (and phone app!) that catalogues worldwide biodoversity. The site will help you identify the nature you found, and will record it for scientists and land managers to use for years to come! Any iNaturalist observation made within our study area boundaries from July 25-August 2 will automatically be added to our research project. View the studay area map in the link below. 

July Trailside Bioblitz on iNaturalist

Watch a short iNaturalist tutorial to learn how to make great observations on iNaturalist:

What do I need to bring?

  • Bring your mobile device. If you don't have a mobile device, we'll have some on hand you can check out. If possible, download the iNaturalist app and set up your account before you arrive. 
  • We recommend wearing long pants & closed-toe shoes, and bringing a water bottle & sunscreen to help keep you safe and comfortable. You may want a daypack, jacket, or hat. Feel free to bring your favorite field guide to plants, birds, insects, etc, as well as small containers to hold bugs, so you can photograph them easier.

Have Questions about iNaturalist? - NHMU staff is here to help! 

  • Join NHMU's Citizen Science Coordinator Ellen Eiriksson during a virtual office hour Friday, July 31st from 12-1pm to ask your iNatualist questions. Zoom link: Password: citizensci

Help ID what we find - Register for an online ID Party on August 5th @5:30pm

Since we can't connect in person while bioblitzing, we will be hosting a virtual ID Party after the bioblitz wraps to look over observations made. Join us to learn more about making identifications on iNaturalist, to look through what people found, and connect with museum staff, volunteers, and fellow nature nerds! Register here

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