Verde Valley BioBlitz

A free event for all throughout the Verde River watershed in Arizona

Join Friends of the Verde River and our partners for the first annual Verde Valley BioBlitz!

When: April 22 – May 7, 2021

Where: Virtual! Register online.

Join Friends of the Verde River, Science Vortex, and our partners for the first annual Verde Valley BioBlitz! A Bioblitz is a community effort where volunteers find and identify as many living species as they can during a designated window of time. The Verde Valley Bioblitz starts on Earth Day, April 22nd and continues for two weeks through May 7th. 

We’re inviting community members and teachers to participate in this event! Once you have registered, you will receive an email that explains how to download, create an account, and add observations in the iNaturalist app. You will also receive a map of suggested locations.

BioBlitz participants are invited to go out along the river or anywhere in the Verde River system, like Oak Creek or West Clear Creek, and use the iNaturalist app to take photos of plants, animals, birds, and insects to gather species data for the Verde River. Your observations will help our efforts to document native and invasive plants along the river. You do not have to be a biologist, the identification of species can be done later on as long as you submit quality photos. 

Whether you are a regular user of iNaturalist or you’ve never heard of it, you can participate in the bioblitz as long as you have a smartphone or tablet. 

This event will benefit our community AND it can also have benefits for your own individual health. Spending time outdoors and volunteering are two activities recommended to boost mental health and build a feeling of connection to the community. We look forward to seeing you on the river. If you post photos throughout the event please be sure to use the #purdyverde and tag @friendsoftheverderiver!

Here is a link to the project titled Verde Valley Bioblitz 2021, in iNaturalist: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/verde-valley-bioblitz-2021

Where to Go and What to Bring

Be prepared!

Where should I go? Check out this map of suggested locations.

What should I bring?

  1. Smart phone or tablet with iNaturalist app downloaded
  2. Water & snacks
  3. Masks and hand sanitizer
  4. Hiking shoes
  5. Sunscreen

More Information about iNaturalist

iNaturalist Observer How-Tos

Downloading the App onto your smartphone (3 options)

  1. Type iNaturalist into the search function of the app store on your phone and select download.
  2. Use this QR code to go to the iNaturalist page for Friends of the Verde River to learn more. There are links to download the app at the bottom of the page.
  3. Use these links to get the app from your app store: Android Google Play Store OR Apple App Store

Creating an Account

Visit inaturalist.org or open the iNaturalist app on your device and select “sign up”. Enter your email address, select a username and a password. You can also create an account using an existing google, apple or facebook account.

Creating Observations

Once you have created your account you can start observing! iNaturalist has a website dedicated to getting started with the app. Please click below to learn how to create observations.


Some things to remember when creating observations:

  • Quality observations = Good photos! Be sure to get photos of leaves, stems and any other parts of plants. Animal photos are great, be sure to be respectful of the environment while getting the best focus possible.

Joining Our iNaturalist Project

To join our project select “projects” in the app menu. Type “Friends of the Verde River MLK Day Bioblitz” in the search bar and select that project to open the project page. Once the project page is open you can select “Join” to join the project. Once you join, anything you observe during the Bioblitz dates within the National Forests of the Verde Watershed will be counted towards the project. You can check back on this page to see other observations on this project throughout the weekend of the bioblitz.

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