What is a Bioblitz?
A Bioblitz is an annual, 24 hour event where scientists, students, parents and friends join their local parks to catalogue as many species of plants, animals and fungi as they can – and as fast as they can! The goal of a bioblitz is to get an overall count of how many different biological species are living in one area. This is an important count to have, as it keeps our local scientists up to date with how the environment is changing around us. The Bioblitz is an excellent educational opprotunity for all ages – and more importantly, it's fun.
By identifying as many species as possible in a short amount of time, community members have the chance to explore some of the most exciting and beautiful parks in the state. Join your community this May and discover all the wonderful diversity Florida has to offer.
Florida Bioblitz 2016
"Bioblitz 2016 is a set of sister projects designed to teach biological and geographical concepts centered around areal distribution, environmental determinism, spatial and temporospatial bio-diversity to 4th-6th grade students in Florida. These two projects cover slightly different concepts within the overall theme of spatial biodiversity, by tailoring them to the age groups at hand.
The fourth and ﬁfth grade students will focus on identifying the different abiotic (non-living) and biotic (living) factors that establish mircohabitats in nature. Then, with the data collected, they will observe how the life in these habitats is spatially distributed and how these distributions create relationships between them.
The other project is a temporal-based biodiversity project, which will involve identifying living organisms and recording their locations, then concatenating these data through the time of one day. This will allow the more complex idea of spatial relationships through time be analyzed.
The varied habitats and high diversity of life found in Florida, especially within amphibian and plant groups, make these projects perfectly designed for our own local environment."
- David Kay, Head Coordinator