Come one, come all! Volunteer scientists, coastal researchers, naturalists, teachers, students, families, and interested residents of all ages are encouraged to join BioBlitz New Orleans City Park.
Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 8 a.m. - Noon; 6 - 9 p.m.
Report to the volunteer center at 1009 Harrison Avenue.
A BioBlitz, also known as a biological inventory or biological census, is an event or intense period of surveying that focuses on finding and identifying as many species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time.
BioBlitz New Orleans City Park is designed to assess the full range of species in the 1,300-acre park, which includes lagoons, historic oak trees, fishing ponds, fields, and botanic gardens — and is home to the world's largest collection of mature live oaks and some of the city’s most important recreational facilities, from Storyland to the New Orleans Museum of Art. The "Citizen Science" project invites citizens of all ages and levels of expertise to engage in the process, thus either sharing their expertise or expanding their knowledge by working hand-in-hand with a variety of scientists.
The aim is to identify as many species as possible and enlarge an existing list of both native and introduced flora and fauna. Data gathered will build upon existing data gathered by the Louisiana Master Naturalist program and will be used by City Park to prepare for the future.
More than 20 experts from universities and research facilities around the greater New Orleans area will lead groups of volunteers as they gather observations and information on plants, birds, insects, reptiles, mammals and other wildlife in the area.
This event is sponsored by Entergy and hosted by
New Orleans City Park and Loyola University New Orleans.