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