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BLOOM BLAST — NEWS FLASH
Calling all nature lovers, wildlife fans, and citizen scientists
This Saturday, April 13
10:00AM to 2:00PM

We invite you—our citizen scientists and nature lovers—to explore and help document our unique biodiversity. Team up with expert guides who will lead discovery groups focused on wildlife, cultivated plants, native plants, and more. The goal is to learn more about our natural surroundings and identify as many species as possible. Join us in a celebration and scientific survey of the plants and animals living at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. Bring the whole family (fun for all ages) for a day of discovery!


What's the plan?

We will kick the day off with a brief introduction at our base camp — the newly remodeled Education Center located in the Vegetable Garden and historic corridor. Then we will break out into "discovery groups" for walks lead by our expert guides. Discovery groups will branch out into three areas of the Gardens (Cultivated, Forested, and Coastal Zones). Each group will attempt to observe and identify as many species of plants and animals as they can in their area.
 

10:00AM – Introduction at the base camp
10:30AM – First set of walks begin 
12:00PM – Second set of walks begin 
1:30PM – Wrap-up and tally observations at the base camp


What to bring
Bring binoculars, mobile devices, cameras (and necessary adapter chords), nature journal, sketchpad... or simply bring your inquisitive mind. Remember to download the iNaturalist app on your smartphone (more details below). Feeling old school? It is not required to be tech-savvy; everyone is welcome to discover our unique biodiversity with their 5 senses. Bring a snack or plan to grab lunch at Rhody's Cafe´ (opening for the season this Friday) after the event. This BioBlitz will happen rain or shine, so dress for being outside in the weather that is expected. It is highly advised to wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes and clothing that covers your legs. Do not wear shorts, short skirts, sandals, flip-flops, high heels, etc.

Our experts

MCBG Staff — Our gardeners have an intimate knowledge of the biodiversity found within our 47-acre garden by the sea and expertise in our cultivated plant collections (focusing on spring bloomers such as rhododendrons, camellias, and perennials) native plants, birds, bugs, and other gems.

California Native Plant Society – Dorothy King Young Chapter

Jug Handle Creek Farm and Nature Center

Mendocino Area Parks Association (MAPA)

Mendocino Coast Audubon Society

Mario Abreu – Naturalist, Mycologist, and native plants expert

Alison Gardiner – Botanical Consultant

Frederique Lavoipierre – Entomologist and Biologist

Steven Sharnoff – Lichenologist

Asa Spade – Senior Biologist at Wynn Coastal Planning and Biology

Suzie Woolhouse – Biologist at Wynn Coastal Planning and Biology


Our sponsors

 

Tracking your observations
 

We will keep track of all the observations made at the Gardens that day using the iNaturalist app and the MCBG BioBlitz 2019 Project Page. This powerful tool allows anyone with an account to help identify and document anything you observe in nature including birds, bugs, plants, scat, marine life, and more. iNaturalist observations are also helpful to scientists because they document a species in a location and date, and the phenology (blooming, fruiting, larvae, adult, etc.).

  • Download iNaturalist to your phone or the mobile device and begin to build your profile and observations!
  • Click here for some helpful video tutorials to get you started
  • Familiarize yourself with iNaturalist and check out all of the observations that the community has made at the Gardens so far — MCBG Community Page

Of course, if you prefer to stick with pen and paper we will have handouts available to help track your observations. You can also take photos using your digital camera (bring your connection cords) so we can upload your photos at base camp. 


A fun day of discovery for all ages!

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