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Marine Reserve BioBlitz – Hybrid Version
July 17 | 8:00 am - July 26 | 6:00 pm PDT
Oregon Marine Reserves
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic we have joined forces with all of the Oregon Marine Reserves up and down the coast to offer a 10-day long hybrid version of a Bio-Blitz.
About this Event
A Bio-Blitz is an intensive, targeted survey of a geographic area with the goal of identifying all the species that can be found in that area at one time. It is basically a snapshot of the biodiversity. This year, in order to responsibly comply with social distancing guidelines, we will be doing our Bio-Blitz with a “hybrid” approach. We will first provide instruction during a Kickoff Webinar on July 16th at 6pm and then ask you to explore with your own household group and record your observations with the iNaturalist app anytime that works for you until July 26, 2020.
Kick off and Orientation Webinar:
Thursday July 16 at 6:00 PM. (REPLAY WEBINAR)
Hosted by Friends of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve, join presenters from each of the five Marine Reserve who will share information on how to participate in the respective locations:
- Margaret Treadwell, Cape Falcon Marine Reserve
- Paul Robertson, Cascade Head Marine Reserve
- Dennis White, Otter Rock Marine Reserve
- Tara DuBois, Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve
- Tara Ramsey, Redfish Rocks Marine Reserve
When & Where to Go
Here are a few locations to BioBlitz within the Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve and Protected Areas. Most of these locations have limited parking, so if it is full try the next location.
While most of the species focus will be in the tidepools, don’t be afraid to catalog your observations from the land and sky as well. With your phone’s GPS, the app does all the work. All you need to focus on is taking those photos.
Participants will be using a mobile app iNaturalist to collect valuable information about the plants and animals living on the rocky shore of the Cascade Head Marine Reserve and/or other Marine Reserves up and down the coast. The app is available for Android or iPhone. The Bio-Blitz will bring citizens and virtual scientists together in an educational and entertaining event exploring the mysteries of the tidepools. As you record your images and upload them to the Cloud, virtual scientists and amateur naturalists on iNaturalist will help you identify which species you have encountered.
- REPLAY WEBINAR) Kick Off Webinar ~ Thursday July 16, 2020 at 6:00 PM.
- Download the iNaturalist App ~ Android or iPhone.
- Join the iNaturalist project: Cape Perpetua BioBlitz Series
- Visit iNaturalist for a deeper dive into this easy to use, but powerful citizen science phone app.
- Make some practice observations with the the app in your neighborhood.
- Check the weather, swell conditions, and tides as you get ready to Bio-Blitz sometime between July 17th and July 26th.
What to Bring:
- Be Safe ~ Face covering and Hand Sanitizer.
- Dress for the weather: wear sturdy shoes, warm clothes, hat, etc.
- Refillable water bottle and snacks for sustenance.
- Spotting scope, binoculars, camera.
- Smart phone with the iNaturalist app already downloaded.
- Stay small, invite only people in your household to join you.
While Bio-Blitzing, please remember to stay 6 ft. away from anyone not in your household group and follow the Governor’s guidelines, including:
- Stay home if you are sick.
- To avoid exposure to COVID-19, people who are at risk for severe complications (over age 60 or have underlying medical conditions) should stay home even if you feel well.
- If you become symptomatic (cough, fever, shortness of breath) while in public, please return home and self-isolate immediately. Contact your health care provider if you need medical attention.
- Practice good hand hygiene with frequent hand washing for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer (60-95% alcohol content).
- Cover coughs/sneezes with elbow or tissue. If you use a tissue, immediately discard tissue in garbage and your wash hands.
- Avoid touching your face.
Practice physical distancing of at least six (6) feet between you and people who you do not live with.
- Use cloth, paper or disposable face coverings in public.
- Stay close to home.
- Take photos, not objects. Video and photograph as much as you like, but leave rocks, plants, feathers, and other natural objects where you find them.
- Observe wildlife from a safe distance. Don’t interfere with the natural activities of wild animals, including feeding, nesting, sleeping, rearing their young, etc.
- Remove some trash along the way. It is our ocean and we all need to pitch in to protect it.
As we proceed we will be updating the Facebook event page with images and results, so be sure to watch for reports from marine reserves along the entire Oregon Coast.