Friday October 26th 7pm - Sunday October 28th 7pm (48 hour window). You can participate anytime during this window, even if it's only for a few hours!
A bioblitz is an intense survey of all species in a given area over a specified period of time. The goal is to document as many species as possible!
YOU! There will be local experts, enthusiasts, and volunteers split into groups searching for a variety of taxa throughout the event.
Participants can work in teams or on their own to explore around the park and document as much as possible. It's best to try to restrict your documentation to the things that seem to be more rare. For example, it's likely not useful to document saw palmetto as there are probably millions in the park. If you have more questions or are confused, please feel free to email me with questions (DGoodding@knights.ucf.edu).
Datasheets are available at this link if you wish to use paper instead of the iNaturalist app. The first tab has the full species list and the second tab is blank datasheets. Ideally, each species documented will have a representative picture taken of it. If the group is unsure if an animal is another species, err on the side of considering it a separate species!
There is a bioblitz page for this event on iNaturalist (click here!). iNaturalist also has an app available for Android and Apple so you can enter data on the go during the event! All observations for which a photo was taken should be entered into this iNaturalist database. You can still enter observations without any photos, but they won't be as reliable. Click here to learn more about how to use iNaturalist.
Please try to document each localized species observation with a representative photo. If there is a group of the same species at a spot, please take a picture of one individual and record the total number of individuals. For example, if you are recording a group of four sandhill cranes in a marsh, please take a photo of one and when creating the iNaturalist entry, in the field labeled "Estimated number of individuals", select the amount at that spot. Be sure to record these instances in the datasheet as well. After the event, please scan and email any datasheet(s) to Danny Goodding at firstname.lastname@example.org
Camping is available at Moss Park which is connected to Split Oak Forest at the northeast corner of the park. Camping and park information for Moss Park can be found here.
Parking is limited on site, so please try to carpool. Vehicles are not allowed inside the park, however there will be two designated trucks in the park during the event to help people move around and get to and from the parking area or campground.
Here is the FWC 10 year management plan containing very detailed information about the characteristics of the park including a species list.
Photos taken at Split Oak Forest by Danny Goodding
Palmettos popping up after a fairly recent burn at Split Oak Forest