The Sea Grant Great Lakes BioBlitz is an event in collaboration with members of the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network and the Sea Grant Center for Great Lakes Literacy. This event 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.
Instructions for participation
- Visit www.inaturalist.org on your computer, or download the iNaturalist app from your app store onto your mobile device.
- Create an account (free).
- Become a member of the 2021 [your region] Great Lakes BioBlitz (CGLL) project by navigating to that project and clicking on the “join” button.
- Become a member of the 2021 [your region] (CGLL) “umbrella” project by navigating to that project and clicking on the “join” button.
- Start making observations!
A BioBlitz is an event that focuses on finding and identifying as many wild, living things as possible in a specific area over a short period of time. This BioBlitz focuses on the Great Lakes region. It begins on Earth Day, April 22, 2021 and runs through May 20, 2021 for a total of four weeks.
The Sea Grant Great Lakes BioBlitz will use iNaturalist to submit, record, and share observations.
Why Minnesota Sea Grant?
The Sea Grant Great Lakes BioBlitz was developed in response to a request from teachers to get their learners outside during the COVID-19 pandemic. This project supports Minnesota Sea Grant's focus area of Environmental Literacy and Workforce Development. Awareness of the biodiversity in the Great Lakes watershed is a key part of developing environmental literacy and is one of the Great Lakes literacy principles.
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Participants & audience
The Sea Grant Great Lakes BioBlitz is geared toward teachers, educators, students, families, and those interested in expanding upon their environmental literacy.