Bioblitz Challenge 2018

Become a Citizen Scientist Today!
Bioblitz collage of wildlife species: alligator, deer, skink, tree frogs, milksnake

What is a Bioblitz?

A Bioblitz is an effort by citizen scientists to observe, map, and document plant and wildlife species in a particular area. To participate you simply download the iNaturalist app, photograph species using your smartphone, and upload your observations to your profile on iNaturalist. The data you collect will contribute to records of the biodiversity of all organisms on National Wildlife Refuges.

How to Get Started:

1. Download the iNaturalist app to your smartphone and set up a free iNaturalist account.
2. Once you have set up your account, join the USFWS National Wildlife Refuge System project so that you can tag your observations and connect them to the refuge project.
3. Visit a refuge and take clear photo(s) of plants and/or animals, then identify and upload the photos to iNaturalist. Even if you are uncertain of the species observed, others using iNaturalist will see your records and help provide species identifications. 

Note: If you are using a digital camera, observations and associated photos can be uploaded from your computer via the iNaturalist web page, but you will need to provide GPS coordinates if your camera isn’t GPS enabled.  

Visit the iNaturalist website at this link.   

Questions? Email SELA Bioblitz or call 985-882-2025.

Have fun and remember to take care not to disturb the wildlife or plants in pursuit of your observations!


This Bioblitz project includes a friendly competition between U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Southeast Region National Wildlife Refuges and Hatcheries. We are challenging each other to find the most species, have the most observations, and have the most iNaturalists contributing to the iNaturalist database. You can view the US Fish and Wildlife Service leader board and keep up with how we are doing at this link. 


Facts About Bioblitz Challenge 2018

iNaturalists are a worldwide community of citizen and professional scientists who document the worldwide distribution of plants and animals. Join us to observe, record, and share!