North Coast Land Conservancy’s Cape Falcon Marine Reserve Program is hosting a monthlong BioBlitz from June 17 to July 17, 2022. The BioBlitz will take place in and around Cape Falcon Marine Reserve, located on the Oregon North Coast, just off of Oswald West State Park, near the town of Manzanita.
A bioblitz is a communal effort to identify and record as many distinct species in a designated area and timeframe in order to collect long-term datasets.
Want to participate? The first step is to download the iNaturalist app onto your mobile device and join our project in iNaturalist. Then, any time during the bioblitz, head down to Short Sand Beach, Falcon Cove Beach and Neahkahnie Beach to look for various species and document your observations in the app. Even if you don’t know exactly what something is, don’t worry! Researchers and other users from around the world work to identify all species recorded.
The participant who records the most species during the monthlong project will receive an excursion with Garibaldi Charters valued at $300. To learn more about the value of community science and how to use iNaturalist, watch a recording of our June 1 training session.
Don’t forget to also share your observations on social media, tagging Cape Falcon Marine Reserve (@capefalconmr) and including #CFMRBioBlitz2022.
Join Our Group BioBlitz Excursions
In conjunction with the monthlong project at the marine reserve site, we are hosting an in-person outing:
- 8:30 to 10 a.m. Saturday, July 16, at Neahkahnie Beach/Cape Falcon Marine Reserve. Led by NCLC Marine Program Coordinator Kristin Bayans, in partnership with Oregon Coast Aquarium. Registration required.
Gather with fellow community scientists by the sea to get to know this beautiful ecosystem in a new way while contributing to the collection of valuable data.