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Lake Merritt Bioblitz 2019 - City Nature Challenge

  • Rotary Nature Center 600 Bellevue Avenue Oakland, CA, 94610 United States (map)
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Lake Merritt in the heart of Oakland is the jewel of the city and teeming with life. During this event come learn about the thousands of organisms that call this place home and help document them as part of the City Nature Challenge. Local naturalists will be on hand to help you find and identify organisms. Bring your smart phone pre-loaded with the iNaturalist app, food for lunch, and any tools that you think will help you find organisms. There will be stations around the lake focusing on different habitats, organisms and some short guided walks with experts.

You can drop in at any point of the BioBlitz and find a marked area leader to learn from. Please RSVP even if you will be dropping in for just a little bit of the Bioblitz.

Schedule of events

9:00 - 10:00 am - Birding walk leaving from RNC - could be earlier, completely up to discretion of bird walk leader

10:15 - 10:45 am - Opening Session - basics of iNaturalist and Bioblitzes @ RNC

10:45 - 2:00 pm Microscopy @ RNC Library

10:45 - 11:20 pm - Invertebrate Station @ Lake Merritt Boat Docks

11:30 - 12:15 pm - Insect walk @ Lake Merritt Gardens

12:30 - 1:30 pm - Plant walk @ Lake Merritt Gardens

1:30 - 3:30 pm - Identification Party @ RNC

Map of where activities will be around Lake Merritt

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Learn more about how to use iNaturalist with this helpful video:

Earlier Event: April 26
City Nature Challenge 2019!
Later Event: April 28
Rare Plants at Springtown Preserve