HOURS OF OPERATION
Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m.
Mini BioBlitz is a 12-hour event in which scientists, volunteers, and community members team up to find, identify, and learn about as many local plant and animal species as possible in the water and on the land around Otter Point Creek and the Bush River at the Anita C. Leight Estuary Center. BioBlitz is a free event held annually and is open to the public.
BioBlitz consists of sessions throughout the 12-hour period in which scientists focus on one type of habitat or organism. There are sessions on fish, herps, raptors, bats, wildflowers and birds. Volunteers and visitors can learn about how scientists find organisms to inventory.
Biologists, ecologists, families, students, school groups, youth groups, teachers, community leaders, and all interested people are invited to take advantage of this excellent opportunity to help locate and identify the various species in the park and learn interesting facts about them. The data collected during BioBlitz is an inventory of species and a description of habitats surveyed. Using the information gathered at BioBlitz, scientists and park managers can identify uncommon species or habitats that may need special care for protection or management.
By participating in BioBlitz, people can experience the biological diversity of the area first-hand. Volunteers and participants are truly needed to help collect data to make BioBlitz run smoothly. By participating in the sessions, people can recognize that they are helping to monitor the plants and animals of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Citizen involvement, such as this, is a great way for people to make a difference in working to protect the bay and the lands that surround it.
BioBlitz is a free program and is open to the public.
BioBlitz helps us document the biodiversity, or variety of life, in our park. Each session is about 2 hours long and focuses on a group of organisms of the same type. All sessions are open to the public. A specialist will lead the session to find, identify, and record while participants are asked to help as members of a Citizen Science team. Participants carry equipment, record data, and help find the plants or animals. Families are welcome to attend.
Some sessions are at the Estuary Center and some meet at Bosely Conservancy or the Pontoon Pier. Each session is led by an expert or well-qualified individual. Session ending times are approximate – some sessions may last longer than expected based on the area covered, so be prepared if the leader needs more time to carry out identifications. Please see specific directions for sessions you are interested in.
Please check for updates prior to the event as schedule is subject to change.
Saturday - August 12
8:00-10:00am - Birds of the Estuary – Meet at Bosely Conservancy - paddle via kayak
9:00-10:00am - Herps – Meet at Bosely Conservancy
10:30am-12:00pm - Birds of Prey – Meet at Estuary Center - paddle via canoe
1:00-3:00pm - Wildflowers – Meet at Bosely Conservancy - paddle via kayak
3:30-5:00pm - Fish - Meet at Estuary Center
7:30-9:30pm - Bats - Meet at Pontoon Pier
This is a free program - preregisration is required.