MMWD and the California Academy of Sciences are seeking botanically oriented individuals to join our returning volunteers for the 2013 bioblitz field season. Plant and photography enthusiasts are particularly welcome. A bioblitz is a focused survey in a defined location that attempts to document all species present.
For example, at one bioblitz last June, six teams of people fanned out to different locations on the Mt. Tamalpais Watershed for one day to collect and photograph all the plants in a specific area. Together, they made 162 observations (collections and/or photographs) and collected 107 specimens.
Science and environmental reporter Jacoba Charles participated in the June bioblitz and produced a wonderful audio piece on her experience for KWMR Radio in West Marin. We combined Jacoba’s audio with photographs captured by our volunteer citizen scientists to create a snapshot in pictures and sounds of a day in the life of a “bioblitzer”:
We hope you’ll be inspired to volunteer for the second year of our three-year bioblitz program to document all the plant species on the Mt. Tamalpais Watershed. So far, we’ve collected more than 300 species, or one-third of the roughly 900 different species on the watershed!
This year, our goal is to collect between 300 and 400 specimens from select locations between Potrero Meadow and Alpine Lake. Sampling expeditions are scheduled throughout the spring and summer.
A six-hour orientation and field training session will be held on Saturday, February 23. For more information, please leave your name and contact information on our volunteer hotline at (415) 945-1128 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.