Don’t fancy a huge hike? No problem! Help us document our neighborhood paths with a community BioBlitz!
From September 14-21 Nature NL will be partnering with Exploring By The Seat Of Your Pants in a week long #BackyardBio challenge! #BackyardBio is a “bio-blitz”: a fun event that challenges us to identify as many species as possible in a specific area. And as the “backyard” implies, you can do it close to home, either in your literal backyard, or on a trail right near you! What better way to get out there and explore the trails in your own backyard than to incorporate a fun activity that brings everyone together?
BioBlitz?? Awesome! How can I participate?
Participating is easy! All you have to do is snap some pictures of the critters you find along your travels and identify them using your local knowledge or an identification app like iNaturalist (app download for apple and googleplay users). Share them with us by using the hashtag #BackyardBio and tagging us and our partner @ebtsoyp on social media or our by joining our Nature NL iNaturalist group and BackyardBio iNaturalist group. We will be giving away a prize to a lucky participant so the more you post and tag us the more chances you get!
We documented some great stuff. Now what??
Hopefully the #BackyardBio blitz will convince you that our province supports some pretty neat plants and animals. So let’s show them off! The week after the blitz, we will have a free public event to highlight your findings. Nature NL will compile your best photos in a slideshow that we will present online, followed by some discussion about Newfoundland and Labrador’s flora and fauna, and why this province is such a unique and wonderful place.