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Celebrate Earth Day! Join the Great Lakes Bioblitz

Bioblitz 2020 text with drawings of butterflies, flowers, dragonflies and a feather

April 22, 2020 - May 20, 2020

What’s a Bioblitz?

Think of it like a blitz of biological surveying. Bioblitz is a communal citizen-science effort to record as many species within a designated location and time period as possible.

Weekly challenges

Week 1: Make five observations

Week 2: Observe at least one bird and one other animal

Week 3: Observe at least one non-native species

Week 4: Observe a wild living thing that is NOT a bird, plant, or animal

Where should I ‘blitz?

The Bioblitz will take place in yards and other outdoor spaces all across the Great Lakes states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York and across Ontario, Canada. Please ensure you adhere to Minnesota's outdoor COVID-19 guidelines.

Who can participate?

Families, students, teachers, educators.

How-to Webinar

Of course there’s a webinar. We’ll show you how to participate. Bioblitz will be a featured activity in the H.O.M.E.S.@Home series produced by Michigan Sea Grant on YouTube: https://youtu.be/VVSI2I58HS0. All the episodes of HOMES at Home are archived at https://www.michiganseagrant.org/educational-programs/h-o-m-e-s-at-home/

How can you participate?

It takes an app called iNaturalist. Visit www.inaturalist.org on your computer, or download the iNaturalist app from an app store onto your mobile device.

  1. Create an account (free)
  2. Become a member of the [your state] Bioblitz (CGLL) project
  3. Become a member of the Great Lakes Bioblitz (CGLL) “umbrella” project
  4. Start making observations

How do you find your state’s Bioblitz project on iNaturalist?

Visit www.inaturalist.org and search for your states’ project [your state name] Great Lakes Bioblitz (CGLL) and the umbrella project or click on the link below:

Please note, some of the project pages are still under construction, but they will all be ready by April 22.


For more information about iNaturalist or the Great Lakes Bioblitz, contact Marte Kitson at mkitson@d.umn.edu or 218-726-8305.

This page last modified on May 07, 2020     © 1996 – 2020 Regents of the University of Minnesota     The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer.
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