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Welcome to 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 Sharpshooter! Cool!" 
Seashell treasure hunt - which ones are the same?
Fungi, are they really slimy? 
A drop of pond water, a drop with hundreds of invisible species?
"Salamanders in New Jersey? You bet! I can show you where."
Lets explore, discover, and be amazed.

Spring 2015 Personal Bioblitz: click here for rules, information, updates, and more.
Spring 2014 Personal Bioblitz: click here for results, information, publications, etc.
What is a Bioblitz?
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 events).

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