April 26 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
The nearby natural world is teeming with life! On Sunday, April 26th, we’ll be taking inventory of this life at Nearby Nature’s 2nd annual Bioblitz in the Learnscape and beyond. Come join other volunteers as we take photos of all the plants, animals, insects, fungi, and more that we can find at our site as well as in nearby areas of Alton Baker Park. We’ll upload our finds to iNaturalist for identification and a final species count.
You don’t need to be a skilled naturalist to participate. We’ll have expert naturalists on hand to help with identifications as well as staff to help get you set up on iNaturalist.
To find us, follow our Nearby Nature directions and look for the check-in table by the yurt. Drop-in any time between 9 am and 4 pm and participate for as long as you like. All are welcome and the event is FREE, but we would appreciate it if you would register online so we know how many people to expect.
What do you need to participate?
- A smartphone, handheld device, or camera for making observations (please come even if you don’t have ready access to one of these)
- Weather-appropriate clothing – event is rain or shine
- Your own eyes and curiosity
To help streamline check-in, please download the iNaturalist app, register your profile, and join the “Nearby Nature Learnscape” and “Alton Baker Park Natural History” projects. During the event, we’ll provide a short training on the use of iNaturalist at the top of each hour as needed. (Or you can get a head-start in learning it yourself.)
Nearby Nature will provide:
- A WiFi hotspot for uploading photos without using up cellphone data
- Access to a laptop and card reader for transferring photos from point-and-shoot cameras
- Bathrooms, water, and light refreshments to keep the Bioblitz rolling
Through the use of iNaturalist for observations, all of our efforts on April 26th will automatically contribute to the metro-wide Eugene-Springfield City Nature Challenge, which runs April 24-27 and is part of a friendly international citizen science competition to document wildlife in cities around the world. Observations of the Learnscape will also support Nearby Nature’s own efforts to foster biodiverse habitat within our gardens and outdoor classroom space.
Questions about the event? Email email@example.com or call 541-687-9699.