Download the BioBlitz Registration Form here.
This event is FREE for participants. Regular admissions fees apply to non-participating guests.
What is a BioBlitz?
A celebration of biodiversity! This event is dedicated to identifying as many species of flora and fauna in a designated amount of time in a defined area. It’s up to you on what we find.
The Pink Beds valley near Asheville, N.C. is part of the Cradle’s 6,500-acre property and home to many species of plants and animals. 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 for registered participants highlighting community involvement, education and science.
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 the iNaturalist tool you take photos and record observations of every species that you find. This is a uniquely fun way to experience nature in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina! An online community of experts can later help you identify your species. You never know if there is a researcher waiting to find a species that you took a photo of! Through opportunities like bioblitzes around the world many new species discovered are by citizen scientists just like you.
6:30am-9:00am Morning Bird Walk; meet at Pink Beds Picnic Area (begins at 7:00am)
9:30am Check-In at Pink Beds Picnic Area and choose your Zone
10:00am-12:00pm BIOBLITZ! take lots of photos!
12:30pm-2:00pm Congregate in Discovery Center to upload your observations to iNaturalist and draw raffle prizes
7:30pm-10:00pm Guided amphibian & reptile walk; Meet at Pink Beds Picnic Area and bring your flashlight!
Each zone will have a trail leader that is familiar with the trail and where to begin/end. Participants are welcome to turn around at any point since majority of the zones would be 2 miles roundtrip. There will be 4 zones that participants can choose from:
- Zone 1: (up to 1 mile, 2 miles round trip) Northern sect of Pink Beds loop trail to Barnett Branch intersection
- Zone 2: (up to 1 mile, 2 miles round trip) Southern sect of Pink Beds loop trail to Barnett Branch intersection
- Zone 3: (up to 1 mile, 2 miles walking total) Drive via Yellow Gap road to Barnett Branch trailhead, return via southern sect of Pink Beds loop trail.
*Zone 3 will carpool in a van. Space is limited for this zone and participants may be asked to sign a waiver beforehand.
- Zone 4: Forest Festival Trail, 1.3 miles total. A loop trail that is wheelchair accessible and also ideal for young children who are participating.
what to Bring:
- Pack a picnic or enjoy a meal at the Cafe’ at the Cradle from 11am-3pm
- Wear closed-toe shoes
- Any tools for exploration- binoculars, magnifying glass, etc.
- A smart phone or laptop to upload photos onto iNaturalist during Wrap-Session
- Water, sunscreen, sun hat, rain jacket etc.
- The Cradle and Pink Beds will serve as a HotSpot for ecoEXPLORERS during the event. Jonathan Marchal will have a table from 10am-3pm offering information about how to get involved
- To find out more info visit the ecoEXPLORE website
- > 175 species identified
- > 100 observations uploaded onto iNaturalist “Pink Beds BioBlitz” project
- “BioBlitz Bliss” blog post by Cindy Carpenter