On Earth Day this year, SYRCL called on our community to get outside and explore nature within their own backyards for an Earth Day Backyard BioBlitz. While we wish we could have been with you all identifying species in person, participants living in the Yuba, Bear, and American Watersheds made an unexpected amount of plant, animal, and fungi observations from their neighborhoods.
Throughout all three watersheds, 91 participants contributed to science via the Backyard BioBlitz on iNaturalist. With well over 600 observations, we identified over 300 species in the Yuba, Bear, and American Watersheds.
While the BioBlitz may be over, the fun doesn’t have to stop. You can still use iNaturalist to make species observations wherever you are. Every observation you add contributes to an extensive citizen science database that scientists can then use to learn more about the plants, animals, and fungi all around us.
On behalf of us here at SYRCL, we wanted to thank all of you that participated in contributing your knowledge, time and energy to help us better understand what species we have in our local watersheds. We hope that some day in the near future we’ll be able to do this with you together. Happy nature-ing!