The City Nature Challenge has the goal of documenting as much biodiversity in an area as possible. During this event come learn about the thousands of organisms that call this place home and help document them as part of the City Nature Challenge. Local naturalists will be on hand to help you find and identify organisms. Bring your smart phone pre-loaded with the iNaturalist app, food for lunch, and any tools that you think will help you find organisms. There will be stations around the lake focusing on different habitats, organisms and some short guided walks with experts.
You can drop in at any point of the BioBlitz and find a marked area leader to learn from.
Join the Lake Merritt BioBlitz 2023 project on iNaturalist. Don’t forget to turn on the final “yes I want to join” toggle at the end of signup. Help will be provided at kick-off and at tables at lake stations throughout the event.
Schedule of Events:
Kick Off at the Rotary Nature Center – learn how to use iNat and Lake Merritt History
- 10:30 – 12:30
Stations with guides will help you explore different environments and organisms
- Boat Docks – Dock fouling organisms and ROV
- Lake Merritt Gardens – Insects
- East Side of the Lake – Plants and insects
- Lake Chalet – Mud station
- 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Wrap up and ID session at OMCA’s California Room