The New Jersey Conservation Foundation is celebrating May by inviting New Jerseyans to participate in a statewide “bioblitz” to document nature in backyards, neighborhoods, parks and nature preserves.
“We encourage as many New Jersey residents as possible – from every part of the state – to become a citizen scientist and join this effort,” said Bill Lynch, who organizes educational events for the foundation.
“There are so many opportunities to explore your neighborhood and beyond to search out the plants and animals that call it home,” he said.
“Springtime brings the incredible spectacle of bird migration, blooming wildflowers and so much more,” said Lynch. “Join fellow outdoor lovers from around the state as we identify as many species as possible through May 31. It’s also a great activity for families to do together.”
To participate, download the iNaturalist app on an Android or Apple smartphone and join the project “New Jersey Statewide Bioblitz – May 2020” on the app.
Then go outside and take photos of birds, wildflowers, insects, trees, turtles, salamanders and any other wildlife that is observed. Bioblitz photos will be used to create an inventory of spring plants and wildlife throughout New Jersey, according to a press release.
Participants are encouraged to sign up on the New Jersey Conservation Foundation website at https://www.njconservation.org/event/1767/. This is not required, but will allow participants to receive regular updates about the project.