Bioblitz Coming Up At Otter Rock June 24

On Saturday June 24th, citizens and local scientists will join together from 7am-11am to conduct a “Bioblitz” at the Otter Rock Marine Reserve. Citizens will have the opportunity to work alongside naturalists and scientists to photograph and identify plants and animals within the tidepools and upload them to a species inventory on a cool interactive website. Understanding our natural world takes the observations of many and the Bioblitz is a fun new way to target a small area, such as the tidepools at Otter Rock, with many eyes and observations in a short period of time. The project is organized using iNaturalist software, a smartphone application that maps and catalogues participating citizens and scientists observations. Participants with smartphones can download the iNaturalist application (www.iNaturalist.org) at or prior the event to join in the fun, no experience necessary!

Join this team effort of local scientists and citizens to support long-term monitoring of the Otter Rock Marine Reserve. Whether you’re a die-hard tidepooler, a novice naturalist or just looking to get your feet wet at the coast, the event is sure to be filled with fun and learning! Free and open to the public, citizens and local scientists alike are encouraged to join the Bioblitz effort. Participants should come prepared with sturdy shoes and dressed for coastal weather and meet at Devil’s Punchbowl State Park next to the restrooms at 7am. Expert scientists and naturalists will be on hand to support participants with their discoveries. For more information or questions, contact Ian Throckmorton at throckmi@gmail.com.

Information and photo provided by Surfrider