Rutgers' University's Personal Bioblitz Project!
(Looking for the Spring 2015 Bioblitz? It is here)
This project started in 2014 by students and
faculty in the Journal Club in Evolution run by Lena Struwe
and Siobain Duffy in the Graduate Program of Ecology and
Evolution at Rutgers University. It is now an event run in
collaboration with iNaturalist (California Academy of
Sciences), who are providing the website we use for
participants to list their species.
The general goal is to discover, identify, and list as many
species as possible in the world around you during a couple
of months, from any species group, and at any place and
time. We also want everybody to help each other learn to
identify and discover new living things. The
observation data we collect together can be used for
research and will help everybody discover the real life that
exist all around you, all the time, wherever you are.
How many species can you
find in your backyard?
What is that sound under the sink, really?
"Ick, a bug - wow, it is a Speckled
Seashell treasure hunt - which ones are the same?
Fungi, are they really slimy?
A drop of pond water, a drop with hundreds of invisible
"Salamanders in New Jersey? You bet! I can show you
Lets explore, discover, and be amazed.
- Spring 2015 Personal Bioblitz: click
here for rules, information, updates,
What is a Bioblitz?
- Spring 2014 Personal Bioblitz: click
here for results, information,
A bioblitz is usually an event where people gather
in an area to find as many species as possible during 24
hours, to create a more complete inventory of the species
present at that time and at that place. It also
functions as a great educational event.
What is a Personal Bioblitz?
We tweaked the bioblitz idea into a longer project
to encourage people to explore and discover the species that
are present in our everyday lives, and learn how to see and
identify more species as part of a collaborative
project. In our Personal Bioblitzes, participants
discover, identify (with help from others), and list species
they encounter during an extended time period. The challenge
is to record as many unique species as possible per person,
and to together as a group discover and identify as many
different species as possible. We included all organismal
groups (except viruses), and all places on earth where there
are unlabeled species. For more specific rules, look under
each bioblitz event (the rules have also changed between