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|Category||Living Well, Local Interest|
|Age Groups||All ages/special, Adult, Children, Teen|
2023 Oakwood BioBlitz | Sept. 9-10
A BioBlitz is a community science effort to record as many species as possible within a designated location and time period. Volunteer participants use iNaturalist and Seek apps (which are free) to observe and identify living things they see.
Celebrate biodiversity! Observe the natural world in your own backyard between 6 AM Saturday Sept. 9 and 9 PM Sunday Sept. 10. Take photos and identify the living things you see - plants, animals, and fungi of any kind! Anyone can participate, but observations must occur within the city of Oakwood.
- BioBlitz Kickoff - Saturday, Sept. 9 from 11 AM-3 PM
- Guided Hikes - Saturday, Sept. 9 at
Stop by Wright Library to identify plants and animals on library grounds. Local experts will be on hand to help with identifications and to offer instruction on the iNaturalist and Seek apps. Print identification guides also available. See how Wright Library's native plant gardens are fostering biodiversity! Guided hikes to Houk Stream.
How to Participate
- Get started at the BioBlitz Kickoff 11 AM-3 PM Saturday Sept. 9 at Wright Library. Experts can answer all your questions.
- Download iNaturalist and Seek apps to your phone. Both are free. Seek is kid-safe, easy-to-use, and fun! Seek & iNaturalist are designed to work together
- Join the "Oakwood BioBlitz 2023" Project in iNaturalist. Make sure it is the 2023 project!
- Practice using Seek and iNaturalist apps.
- If you don't have access to Seek & iNaturalist, you can still participate by borrowing print identification guides from the library. See FAQs for more details
- Go outside any time between 6 AM Saturday Sept. 9 and 9 PM Sunday Sept. 10 to observe nature. Take photos and identify the living things you see - plants, animals, and fungi of any kind! Anyone can participate, but observations must occur within or near the city of Oakwood
- Share identified observations with Oakwood BioBlitz Project on iNaturalist. You can do this within Seek if you're logged in to your iNaturalist account.
- Use #OakwoodBioBlitz for social media
The Oakwood BioBlitz was inspired by #PlantWildflowers campaign and the documentary film, My Garden of a Thousand Bees. It was modeled after City Nature Challenge. Special thanks to the library's community partners: Green Oakwood and University of Dayton Insect Ecology Lab. Contact Wright Library with questions.