- Visit www.inaturalist.org on your computer, or download the iNaturalist app from your app store onto your mobile device.
- Create an account (free).
- Join the Great Lakes regional level project and your state level project.
- To join the Great Lakes regional level project navigate to "projects" in iNaturalist and search "2022_Great Lakes BioBlitz-CGLL regional level project." Become a member of this project by selecting the project and clicking the “join” button.
- To join your state level project navigate to "projects" in iNaturalist and search "2022_[your state] Great Lakes BioBlitz-CGLL state level project." Become a member of this project by selecting the project and clicking the "join" button.
- Start making observations!
A BioBlitz is an event that focuses on finding, identifying, and recording as much biodiversity as possible in a specific area over a short period of time. The Sea Grant Great Lakes BioBlitz is an event in collaboration with members of the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network and the Center for Great Lakes Literacy.
This is an opportunity for people in the Great Lakes region (i.e., Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and Ontario, Canada) to collectively observe and compare and share the biodiversity they find in their communities.
Teachers, educators, students, families, and anyone interested in environmental literacy is encouraged to participate.
Educators can attend one of two or both virtual sessions of Using iNaturalist as a Teaching Tool as optional preliminary resources for participation in the 2022 Sea Grant Great Lakes BioBlitz event. The first session is April 12, 2022. The second session is April 19, 2022.
Anne Moser, Wisconsin Sea Grant senior special librarian and education coordinator.
Ginny Carlton, Wisconsin Sea Grant education outreach specialist.
Image credit: Gray Treefrog by Keith Sexton.