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|Category||Living Well, Local Interest|
|Age Groups||All ages/special, Adult, Children, Teen|
Participate in the Oakwood BioBlitz | April 29-May 8
A BioBlitz is a community science effort to record as many species within a designated location and time period as possible. Volunteer participants use iNaturalist and Seek apps (which are free) to observe and identify living things they see.
Videos: Oakwood BioBlitz trailer; Oakwood BioBlitz with Dr. Chelse Prather (16 minute overview with detailed instruction)
Nature Scavenger Hunts - Beginner; Intermediate; Advanced
BioBlitz Prize Drawing - Chance to win Nikon 8x42 Prostaff 3S Binoculars - great for birding and nature watching! - Stop by the Library to enter
How to Participate
- Download iNaturalist and Seek apps to your phone. Both are free. Seek is kid-safe, easy-to-use, and fun! Seek & iNaturalist are designed to work together
- Join the "Oakwood BioBlitz" Project in iNaturalist
- Practice using Seek and iNaturalist apps. Training Available
- If you don't have access to Seek & iNaturalist, you can still participate by borrowing print identification guides from the library. See FAQs for more details
- Go outside any time between April 29 and midnight May 8th to observe nature. Take photos and identify the living things you see - plants, animals, and fungi of any kind! Anyone can participate, but observations must occur within the city of Oakwood
- Share identified observations with Oakwood BioBlitz Project on iNaturalist. You can do this within Seek if you're logged in to your iNaturalist account.
- Use #OakwoodBioBlitz for social media
Other BioBlitz 2022 Events
- April 23 - Insects, the little things that run the world: a BioBlitz primer with Dr. Chelse Prather, University of Dayton Insect Ecology Lab
- April 29 - 9-11PM Nighttime Mothing Meetup.Old Barn Camp, Hills & Dales MetroPark. All ages.
- April 30 - 10am BioBlitz Hike
- April 30 - 1-3pm BioBlitz Central - Stop by Wright Library for help with iNaturalist & Seek
- April 30 - 2pm BioBlitz Hike
- May 1 - 2pm BioBlitz Hike
- POSTPONED from May 3 to May 5 - 6:30-7:30pm BioBlitz Community Social
The Oakwood BioBlitz was inspired by #PlantWildflowers campaign and the documentary film, My Garden of a Thousand Bees. It was modeled after City Nature Challenge. Special thanks to the library's community partners: Green Oakwood, University of Dayton Insect Ecology Lab, and students from Project Firefly at Miami University. Contact us with questions.