Download the BioBlitz Registration Form here and return by May 8th.
What is a BioBlitz?
An event dedicated toward applying citizen science in order to identify as many species of flora and fauna in a designated amount of time in a defined area. The Pink Beds valley near Asheville, N.C. is part of the Cradle’s 6,500-acre property and home to a diverse set of niches. The Pink Beds BioBlitz promotes outdoor educational opportunities for western North Carolina schools and the public in a fun, outdoor environment. This is a free event, and incorporates volunteers, field surveying, education and outreach, and more.
In citizen science you become the scientist.
Although the PBBB works alongside professional scientists, professors and other community naturalists any person of any skill level is invited to attend. Through the use of iNaturalist you take photos and record observations of every species that you find. A unique way to experience nature in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina! An online community of experts can later help you identify your species. Through opportunities like bioblitzes around the world many new species discovered are by citizen scientists just like you.
6:00am-9:00am Morning Guided Hikes
10:00am-12:00pm Meet in Picnic Area at 10:00am for BioBlitz
12:30pm-2:00pm Congregate in Discovery Center to upload photos to iNaturalist and draw raffle prizes
7:00pm-11:59pm Evening Guided Walks and Bat Mist Netting
*Please note schedule is subject to change depending on availability of hike leaders.
- > 175 species identified
- > 100 observations uploaded onto iNaturalist “Pink Beds BioBlitz” project
- “BioBlitz Bliss” blog post by Cindy Carpenter