April 14th, 2018 The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History will celebrate Citizen Science Day by kicking off a BioBlitz at two locations: Garland Ranch Regional Park and Asilomar State Beach. To celebrate crowd-sourced science and our local ecosystems these BioBlitzes will remain open through the week leading up to Earth Day. People of all ages and skill levels are welcome! Just bring your curiosity, a mobile device or digital camera, and tons of enthusiasm. Please remember that Garland Ranch is home to poison oak and that terrain in tide pools can be slippery and sharp: Closed toed shoes and long pants are strongly encouraged!
A BioBlitz is a public study of local biodiversity powered by the iNaturalist mobile device application developed by the California Academy of Sciences (Learn to use iNat here!). For this event we will be observing and identifying freshwater aquatic insect larva and other macroinvertebrates at Garland Ranch as well as Pacific mole crabs and a variety of organisms common to our local tide pools at Asilomar Beach.
Information and instructions on how to participate in a BioBlitz will be available April 14th from 10 AM to 3 PM in the Museum Bird Room. On April 14th Museum docents and staff will also be on site at Garland Ranch and Asilomar Beach from 10 AM to 3 PM to help out with finding and cataloging this wide array of creatures. You can come out on the 14th and learn how to observe and catalog local species, then return to either sampling site throughout the week and continue to explore on your own or share what you have learned with a friend!