First Annual Community BioBlitz

Have you ever seen a Humboldt lily? Do you know what a yellow-breasted chat looks like? Can you spot a bald eagle’s nest? Did you know the foothills of the Bear and Yuba watersheds are among the most biologically diverse places on the planet? What impact is climate change having on our local plant and wildlife habitat?

Bear Yuba Land Trust invites students, families, and community groups for the First Annual Community BioBlitz happening on beautiful protected nature preserves on Friday, May 5th and Saturday, May 6th.

Be part of Citizen Science in action!

The goal is to collect data on over 1,000 plants, animals, fungi and other organisms that we share our environment with. Participants are invited to find and identify as many species as possible.

It’s two days of outdoor fun and science-based education for the whole family. At the same time, you can contribute to a critical collection of local habitat data that BYLT can use to monitor adaptations to climate change in our own community.

The two-day event starts on Friday, May 5th, when school groups from Nevada County and Yuba County visit BYLT preserves for a fun-filled day of adventure and learning.

The next day, the whole community is invited to share in the beauty of the landscapes and learn about our region during a community-wide BioBlitz on Saturday, May 6th.

Learn more about preserves we’ll visit Friday May 5th:

Sign up to visit a preserve on Saturday, May 6th:

What is a BioBlitz?

The National Park Service started a nationwide BioBlitz in 2016 at over 100 National Parks throughout the country. It is Citizen Science where people of all ages and abilities capture a biological snapshot of an important landscape on a single day.

During BYLT’s event, participants will photograph or take notes of all the plants, animals, fungi and other organisms they see. All this data is compiled, uploaded to the iNaturalist database, and becomes a permanent record to help land managers track the health of plant and wildlife habitat over time. Some of the data may even be used to create cool flora and fauna guidebooks!

Come out and explore the natural wonders of our community. No scientific knowledge is needed. A willingness to contribute to the collection of habitat data as you wander through BYLT’s conserved land and appreciate all of nature’s abundance is all you need. We will have scientists on site at each preserve to assist you, answer questions, and share their knowledge.


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