Bioblitz offers exploration opportunities for citizen scientists

Gulf Islands National Seashore will be bustling with activity May 21 as citizen scientists set out to explore nature at Naval Live Oaks in Gulf Breeze.

Bioblitz 2016, created through a joint effort of the National Park Service and National Geographic, is providing an opportunity for people of all ages to explore, identify and document plants and animals found along the national seashore.

The event is being promoted in partnership with Okaloosa Science and the University of West Florida.

“This is something parks are doing across the country and is part of the centennial celebration,” said Susan Teel, the chief of resource education for Gulf Islands National Seashore.  “It’s the first time we are doing it at our park it’s going to be pretty cool. There will be something for everybody.”

Participants will go out into groups throughout the day to perform surveys, starting at 10:15 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m. Any children participating must be accompanied by an adult and sign up for the surveys is free. Registration can be completed at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gulf-islands-bioblitz-tickets-24234641465.

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