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Tarantula Migration at Henry Coe State Park

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Rancho Cañada Del Oro BioBlitz

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Warm Springs CNC Mini BioBlitz

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Santa Clara Valley Water District BioBlitz

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Hellyer Park CNC BioBlitz

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Oaks and Galls hike

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Kelley Park Winter BioBlitz

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Little Uvas BioBlitz

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Coyote Ridge BioBlitz

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Alum Rock Park BioBlitz

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Almaden QuickSilver Spring BioBlitz

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SCVAS insect hike

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Naturalist Training - Why City Nature Challenge Matters
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Naturalist Training - Why City Nature Challenge Matters

During our 6th installment of our Naturalist Training series, we discuss the City Nature Challenge (CNC), a four-day global iNaturalist event, happening every year on the last weekend of April. Started in 2016, hundreds of cities from around the world come together in a friendly competition to document the most species and observations by the highest number of people. Topics covered help you to: 1. Understand what is the CNC and different ways you can participate. 2. Learn how to host your own event. 3. Gather some tips and tricks on how to find more biodiversity around you. This is part 6 of an ongoing series. Part 1 - Community Science and Introduction to iNaturalist https://youtu.be/ty2Fu7Trz8o Part 2 - A Deeper Dive into iNaturalist https://youtu.be/_7kJBpDutpg Part 3: Leaf Miners, Galls, and Other Creatures on Plants https://youtu.be/VJuyz19K4rQ Part 4: Nature Interpretation for the Rest of Us https://youtu.be/JqvADIulSQA Part 5: Serpentine Grasslands and iNaturalist Projects https://youtu.be/FKbxTt08bMA Presenters are Merav Vonshak and Deb Kramer == RESOURCE LIST Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful: keepcoyotecreekbeautiful.org BioBlitz Club: BioBlitz.Club iNaturalist: https://www.inaturalist.org SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA CalAcademy City Nature Challenge website: https://www.calacademy.org/community-science/city-nature-challenge City Nature Challenge 2024 San Francisco iNaturalist project: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-nature-challenge-2024-san-francisco-bay-area == GLOBAL CITY NATURE CHALLENGE City Nature Challenge: https://www.citynaturechallenge.org/ Global CNC project (if don’t live in a CNC city, and you’d need to join the project for your observations to count): https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-nature-challenge-2024-global-project Two global umbrella projects with all the cities: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-nature-challenge-2024-eurasia-africa-oceania https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-nature-challenge-2024-north-and-south-america == HOW TO HOST A BIOBLITZ Nerds for Nature, 10 Steps to BioBlitz: https://blog.nerdsfornature.org/post/64452358890/10-steps-to-bioblitz National Geographic, How to Host BioBlitz: https://media.nationalgeographic.org/assets/file/NationalGeographicBioBlitzGuide.pdf Recorded 4/17/2024
Naturalist Training - Serpentine Grasslands and iNaturalist Projects
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Naturalist Training - Serpentine Grasslands and iNaturalist Projects

During our 5th installment of our Naturalist Training series, we focus on two subjects: 1. Serpentine grasslands Our main topic will be serpentine grasslands and the soil they form on. We will have a guest expert joining us for this section, Paul Heiple, who is a geologist and a plant expert. He will discuss the characteristics of serpentine soil and how only certain plants can grow on it, forming our serpentine grassland habitat that is home to many endemic plants. 2. iNaturalist projects How to create them, how to use them, and why! We will give examples of some of our favorite projects, and hopefully entice you to upgrade the way you use iNaturalist. Also, we will create a project together and add some observations! This is part 5 of an ongoing series. Part 1 - Community Science and Introduction to iNaturalist can be found at https://youtu.be/ty2Fu7Trz8o Part 2 - A Deeper Dive into Inaturalist can be found at https://youtu.be/_7kJBpDutpg Part 3: Leaf Miners, Galls, and Other Creatures on Plants can be found at https://youtu.be/VJuyz19K4rQ Part 4: Naturalist Training - Nature Interpretation for the Rest of Us can be found at https://youtu.be/JqvADIulSQA Presenters are Merav Vonshak and Paul Heiple == RESOURCE LIST iNaturalist https://www.inaturalist.org iNaturalist project on serpentine plants of the western US https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/serpentine-plants-of-the-western-united-states Vol. 1 of Ecology, Phytogeography & Physiology Series; "Serpentine and its Vegetation" R. R. Brooks "California Serpentines: Flora, Vegetation, Geology, Soils, and Management Problems" by Arthur R. Krucheberg INATURALIST PROJECTS LISTED IN THE PRESENTATION Amazing Aberrants ARThropod. Arthropods on snow Ask a Lichenologist Backyard Pollinators Bay Area Beach Blobs Coyote Creek Biodiversity Dock Fouling in California Fascinating Fasciation Flies of the US and Canada Found Feathers Funny common names Galls of California Home Compost Exploration Life in cow pats of the world Mystery Oak Leaf Skeletonizer Never Home Alone: The Wild Life of Homes + analysis North American Animal Tracks Database Open Space Authority Biodiversity Pacific Newt Roadkill (Main Project) Predators Scatology Serpentine Plants of the Western United States Skulls and Bones Snapshot Cal Coast 2023 The Pot Fouling Project UV fluorescent organisms And a few more worth mentioning - Animal Architecture Microscopy Mimicry Gallery The Butt End Of Nature seeds and fruits U.S. Terrestrial Nature and Plastic WeirdWildWonders Gall Week
Naturalist Training - Nature Interpretation for the Rest of Us
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Naturalist Training - Nature Interpretation for the Rest of Us

During our 4th Naturalist Training, we will explore effective ways to share your passion for nature in this presentation by Michael Hawk from Jumpstart Nature. Learn to make any nature topic engaging. Whether a field trip, casual hike, or chance encounter, learn how to make any nature experience fun, engaging, and relevant. You’ll also learn how to connect with your audience and turn experiences into the beginning of a journey of discovery. This is part 4 of an ongoing series. Part 1 - Community Science and Introduction to iNaturalist can be found at https://youtu.be/ty2Fu7Trz8o Part 2 - A Deeper Dive into Inaturalist can be found at https://youtu.be/_7kJBpDutpg Part 3: Leaf Miners, Galls, and Other Creatures on Plants can be found at https://youtu.be/VJuyz19K4rQ Co-hosts are Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful, BioBlitz Club and Jumpstart Nature Recording date 2/7/24 == RESOURCE LIST BOOKS - Nature's Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation That Starts in Your Yard by Douglas W. Tallamy at https://bookshop.org/a/98007/9781604699005 - Interpreting Our Heritage by Freeman Tilden, who is often viewed as one of the pioneers in nature interpretation at https://bookshop.org/a/98007/9780807858677 WEBSITES - Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful at KeepCoyoteCreekBeautiful.org - Nature's Archive Podcast at https://naturesarchive.com - Jumpstart Nature at https://jumpstartnature.com - Jumpstart Nature Podcast at https://jumpstartnature.com/podcast/ - BioBlitz Club at bioblitz.club - iNaturalist at https://www.inaturalist.org/ - National Association for Interpretation offers resources, training, continuing education, and certifications in interpretation at https://www.interpnet.com/ - South Bay BioBlitz Events hosted by BioBlitz Club at https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/south-bay-bioblitz-events SOCIAL MEDIA - Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/coyotecreeksj/ - Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CoyoteCreekSJ/ - Nature's Archive Instgram at https://www.instagram.com/naturesarchive - Nature's Archive Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NaturesArchive/ - Jumpstart Nature Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/jumpstartnature/ - Jumpstart Nature Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/jumpstartnature - BioBlitz Club Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/bioblitz.club/ - BioBlitz Club Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/bioblitz.club

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A BIT ABOUT US

Become a citizen scientist and help us document the diversity around us! We explore our local parks through public nature events - BioBlitzes. A BioBlitz is an event where a group of people tries to document as many species as possible in a specific time frame. It's a great way to get to know a place, local animals and plants, and collect real scientific data. 

If this sounds like fun, join us!

Bioblitz.club was founded in 2019 by Merav Vonshak. Merav has a PhD from the Tel Aviv University and has completed her postdoctoral studies at Stanford University. Merav has been organizing citizen science events for the past 10 years and she and her volunteers have documented numerous animals and plants in many events.  Bioblitz.Club brings the latest news, updates, special events, and more to our community of avid naturalists in the Bay Area.

We love nature, pride ourselves on being a fun and collaborative environment, and hope you will join us for an event soon.

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PAST EVENTS
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Jul 27

2019

Coyote Creek BioBlitz

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Near the Anderson Reservoir Visitor Center in Coyote valley.  Organized in collaboration with Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful

Species

22

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Jun 16

2019

Alum Rock Park BioBlitz

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Observations

A summer event at one of our favorite locations! Organized in collaboration with Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful

Species

19

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May 24

2019

Rancho Cañada Del Oro BioBlitz

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Observations

In collaboration with Saved By Nature and Open Space Authority

Species

3

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May 4

2019

Little Uvas BioBlitz

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Observations

In collaboration with Saved By Nature and Open Space Authority

Species

13

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Apr 30

2019

Santa Clara Valley Water District BioBlitz

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A special event for Earth Day 2019. Organized in collaboration with Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful

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20

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A BIT OF INSTAGRAM LOVE
Resources

Resources

Click to download the fliers we use as field guides (ask us if you need a file that is not here)

Fall Galls Flier

This flier includes some of the most common Bay Area galls found in the fall. Download, print, and go out searching for galls! 

Spring Galls Flier

This one has the Bay Area common spring galls. Although not as pretty and showy as the fall galls, these are still awesome! 

Bay Area Ant Flier

Learn about some of the common Bay Area ant species, both around your house and yard, and in natural habitats

South Bay Back Yard Birds

What bird species can you find in your back yard? Who is visiting your bird feeder? Get to know our local birds

Bay Area Spring Wildflowers

Get to know some of our local wildflowers using this flier. Go to a park near you, and open your eyes! 

CA Plant and Animal Memory Game

Keep those kids busy while learning some of our local plants and animals - poison oak, turkey vulture, and many others!

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JOIN THE CLUB

Excited about citizen science? Want to join the club?

Send me a mail pigeon, or you can do what cool kids do and sign up here (don't worry, we will never share your email with anyone) 

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South Bay Aquatic Invertebrates

If you enjoy visiting streams, ponds, or any freshwater habitat, try out this guide - snails, dragonflies, beetles, and mites! 

Backyard Arthropods

Who lives inside your home and in your yard? Get to know your neighbor arthropods with our new flier! 

Late Spring Wildflowers

As it gets warmer, spring flowers go into seeds, and make space for the late spring or early  summer flowers

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