Every Day is a BioBlitz

Tomorrow is the National Park Service Centennial BioBlitz and I get to lead a plant inventory team to survey the plant community in the riparian zone in light of the severe floods that followed the Las Conchas fire in 2011. Hence, a flurry of activity from me on iNaturalist, just trying to see what I can and can't do with observations. As administrator of this project--which I will start to push it with the Pajarito Environmental Education Center once the Bandelier event is over--I get to add other observers' observations to the project. Maybe anyone can do that. I can upload "real" photos from my camera and include them in the observation. I can follow other observers--that might be informative about other spots in New Mexico. Basically, I could spend a lot of time here. I'd rather be outside, where for me every day is a BioBlitz. But I like the idea of contributing data, sharing observations, helping other to find cool plants (there's a limit to that: I generalize the location of any plant I think might "disappear" because it is too cute or too rare).

The next two days, my observations will be on the Bandelier BioBlitz Project. Then it will be back to searching out the plants I need photos of for Volume 2 of Plants of the Jemez Mountains. Lupinus kingii, Lupinus brevicaulis, and Calochortus nuttalliana are first up. Every day is a BioBlitz.

Posted on May 19, 2016 11:56 PM by craigmartin craigmartin


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