Since we can’t gather with you all to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we have found a way to celebrate virtually! We’re hosting a Bio Blitz using the popular app, iNaturalist. The Bio Blitz will take place from April 18 to 26.
How to Participate
- Download the iNaturalist app to your smartphone or make an account on your computer.
- Within the app, under “Projects” search CWPD Bio Blitz 2020 and click “Join”, so you can check in to see how many living things we have counted and identified.
- During the dates above, find living things in Centerville/Washington township parks, neighborhoods or your backyard and record them in the app by taking a photo. If you don’t have a smartphone, you can participate by uploading images you take with a digital camera onto the iNaturalist website.
- The app and other experts will help you identify what you have discovered if you aren’t sure!
Tips for Success
- This Bio Blitz takes place in Centerville and Washington Township only.
- Familiarize yourself with the app/website before you begin surveying.
- Do not trespass on private property to obtain photos.
- Take clear photos and list identifying features in the notes section of your observation. For a brief tutorial on how to take images for identification watch this video.
- For more information about how to use the app, please watch this video. It’s under two minutes!
- Don’t forget to practice social distancing while searching for creatures!
Questions? Visit the Bio Blitz event on our Facebook page. Or email Centerville-Washington Park District’s Environmental Education Supervisor, Katy Lucas at firstname.lastname@example.org.