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All Around Central MA Massachusetts
We're doing a bioblitz!
Good for you, you say, but what is a bioblitz? Well, we'Â€Â™re so glad you asked.
A bioblitz is a citizen science event to get as many observations on iNaturalist as possible in a short time frame. In this case, we want to get as many observations as possible within the City of Worcester, Massachusetts, in the span of 4 days from April 30 to May 3, 2021.
DURING THE EVENT:
Using iNaturalist, take a picture or sound recording of any plant or animal you find: your dog and the flowers you'Â€Â™ve planted don't count for this, but the bees on those flowers and the squirrels your dog chases do! That weekend, iNaturalist will automatically add any observations within Worcester to the bioblitz project.
So grab your phone or camera, grab a mask, and go take a look around your yard and local park. Call a friend and dare them to make more observations than you. The more observations we make and the more species we identify, the higher Worcester will rank among 400 other cities participating in this event worldwide! We may even discover something about our city that we didn'Â€Â™t know before.
AFTER THE EVENT:
From May 4 to May 7, we will then try to officially identify as many of the observations made during the event as possible. If you or someone you know has ID skills, please log on to naturalist and help ID the observations from our bioblitz. This will ensure that our efforts can benefit larger scientific studies.
Let's see what we can find, together! Happy exploring!
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out to the Wild Worcester team or make a post in the event!
For more information on using iNaturalist, check out this webpage with some amazing how-to videos and steps: https://www.inaturalist.org/pages/getting+started
iNaturalist Page: https://www.inaturalist.org/.../city-nature-challenge'Â€Â¦
City Nature Challenge Page: https://citynaturechallenge.org/