The town of El Portal sits just outside the western gate of Yosemite along the Merced River inside a deep carved valley. Due to its proximity to one of the most used National Parks in the world there is a lot of pressure to develop the area and surprisingly few studies have been done on what organisms live in the area. Come help in a community generated species survey of approximately 2 miles along the Merced River. It's a great way to learn about what plants and animals are in the area and increase public knowledge of what lives in the area and how they might be affected by development.
Saturday April 8th
10:30am -11:30am Learn how to use iNaturalist to make observations.
11:30am-noon Eat your lunch
Noon - 4:00pm Bioblitz
4:00 - 5:00pm Debrief
Where to stay: Basic camping is available at the site of the BioBlitz
The Yosemite Bug Resort is a few miles drive west and is a wonderful place to stay
What to bring: bring layers of clothes as temperatures can fluctuate, sunscreen, water bottle, lunch, cellphone with iNaturalist app loaded and ready to use to record observations and/or camera.
Cellphones / Wifi: Cellphone and wifi service in the area is very poor due to the steep canyon walls, so be prepared to go without it. Our debrief session will most likely be sharing descriptions of what we saw and not mediated with technology.
RSVP for the FREE event via Eventbrite:
Note that a $20 donation is suggested to help cover for facilitation of the event.