Friday 27 November, 2020

9th Bioblitz encourages Trinis to record species in their backyards

Photo: A Copper-Rumped Hummingbird. Photo by Elizabeth Seebaran.

Photo: A Copper-Rumped Hummingbird. Photo by Elizabeth Seebaran.

As citizens continue to avoid large gatherings during the pandemic, this year's Bioblitz has taken on a different approach, encouraging people to discover the species within their own backyards. 

This year's 9th Bioblitz, organised by the Trinidad and Tobago Field Naturalists' Club with assistance from the University of the West Indies (UWI) Department of Life Sciences, has adapted to COVID-19 by incorporating the use of a mobile app to record species. 

Anyone can take part by documenting their finds and uploading them to the iNaturalist app. To follow the steps, download the iNaturalist app and click the green button to record photos of each creature:

Entries must be added to the 'Trinidad and Tobago Backyard Bioblitz' project. 

The groups are encouraging adults and children to take part as a great way to learn about plants and animals that exist in one's own backyard. 

The snaps can be uploaded to the app from November 21-22, 2020. 

A Bioblitz (“Biological Blitz”)  is an intense survey period where all living organisms (both plants and animals)  are identified within a given area and timeframe. So it’s a great way of gaining a snapshot of the biodiversity of an area. The Trinidad and Tobago Bioblitz is an annual event held by the Trinidad and Tobago Field Naturalists’ Club, with assistance from the Life Sciences Department, University of the West Indies.

Find them on Facebook and Instagram to see photos from past events and get updates of this year’s event. 

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