Ever wondered what kind of native plants and wildlife pop up after a big fire? Want to explore your local parks in more depth and learn about the kinds of things that live there? Come join Save Mount Diablo for our annual BioBlitz from April 16-30!
We’re entering the second year of our three-year focus on the SCU Lightning Complex fire footprint. We’re learning how the SCU fires have affected biodiversity in different habitats, while further exploring the little-known Diablo Range.
What is a BioBlitz? In short, a BioBlitz is a resource survey—a snapshot of biodiversity to see how many species of plants, animals, fungi, and other organisms can be accounted for in a specific geographic area. BioBlitz events bring together scientists, naturalists, volunteers, and other community members to document the spectrum of wildlife present in our community, contributing to an improved understanding of local natural resources.
Because of COVID-19, we are continuing to encourage participants to take part in a socially distant BioBlitz and visit public sites that have been affected by the 2020 SCU Lightning Complex fires anytime during the two-week period between Saturday, April 16th to Saturday, April 30th. No sign up is needed for the two-week event!
How to Get Started:
- Sign up for our Info/iNaturalist Overview Session for more information about this event and how to use the iNaturalist app. The event is free and open to the public. You can register through Eventbrite.
- Visit any of the sites with open public access that the SCU Lightning Complex fires passed through (such as Morgan Territory or Round Valley Regional Preserve).
- Observe! Head outdoors and take photos of plants, animals, and fungi.
- Identify: Identification can be as simple as “bird” or “bee” or as complicated as “sky lupine (Lupinus nanus).”
- Share! Upload your photos onto iNaturalist. You can attempt to identify what is in your photos, and an expert will confirm or make identification suggestions. Share on social media as well! Use #SaveMountDiablo #BioBlitz #FireFollowers
We’re partnering with the California Native Plant Society. No experience with community science is necessary. Come join in on the fun.