What is the 2021 NH BioBlitz?
In September 2021, UNH Extension is sponsoring a statewide BioBlitz to get community members outside exploring the species found on town-owned lands all over New Hampshire. A BioBlitz is a species scavenger hunt where volunteers help find and record data on as many different species (plants, animals, insects, fungi) as possible in a certain area and a short amount of time. Participants can share their observations using iNaturalist, an app and website, that will collect data about the wild living things on town-owned lands across the state. This effort will help towns gather information about their natural resources and is a way to get community members engaged and learning on town-owned land.
You can sign up to receive updates on the NH Statewide BioBlitz as additional information and resources are available.
How can your town get involved?
We need your help spreading the word to people in your community! Conservation commissions and other groups can help spread the word to get community members outside exploring town-owned properties. All participants need to do is (1) download the iNaturalist app, (2) Using the app, join the 2021 NH BioBlitz Project, and (3) take photos of wild, living things (plants, animals, insects, fungi) they find on a town-owned property. Below are resources (videos, graphics, text) that you can use to help spread the word about the 2021 NH BioBlitz.
Get outside and explore this September for the 2021 NH BioBlitz! A BioBlitz is a species scavenger hunt where volunteers help find and record data on as many different wild living things as possible in a certain area and a short amount of time. During the month of September 2021, we need your help finding and documenting species (plants, animals, insects, fungi) found on town-owned lands all over New Hampshire using iNaturalist. This is a statewide event and you can participate on town-owned lands right in your own community. You don't need to be an expert to participate - iNaturalist can help you identify the species of plants, insects, fungi, and wildlife that you find! You'll learn more about the world around you and will help your town learn more about the natural resources in your community.
- Save the Date Video - Link to share with your community on Facebook, via e-mail, etc.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u80YKzW5RwE
- Press Release Template - We recommend sending this out the first few weeks of August
- Social Media Resources - Sample text and photos you can use on your communities social media pages
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Helping People Find Town-Owned Lands
As part of the 2021 NH BioBlitz Project, we've developed resources to help community members find town-owned lands including a new NH Town Lands Map - a new virtual map of all municipal properties mapped in the Conservation Lands Layer in Granit. Click below to explore information on finding town-owned lands, including the NH Town Lands Map, and share this information with community members so they can participate in the 2021 NH BioBlitz.
We hosted two webinars in August for people interested in participating in the 2021 NH BioBlitz. Click the link below to view a recording from one of these information sessions.
- Explore & Observe: NH BioBlitz iNaturalist Training [Recording] - August 10, 2021