The Humboldt State University chapter of the Wildlife Society would like to invite our fellow student chapters of the Western Section to participate in our 2-week spring 2018 BioBlitz – West is Best. The goal of this event is to not only create a friendly competition between chapters, but also to highlight the amazing biodiversity that can be found within our section. While this is designed as a competitive event, we are hoping that involvement in the bioblitz will also promote public outreach and education by the student chapters.
Conservation Unlimited will be hosting several workshops in conjunction with the BioBlitz, so keep an eye out for announcements regarding those. We will be birding, tracking, tidepooling, herping, and botanizing, among others!
The rules for the event are simple:
• For records to count they must be submitted to the iNaturalist BioBlitz project "West is Best Spring BioBlitz 2018".
•Observations must be made within 40 miles of your chapter's campus from April 7-22nd.
• Wild, naturalized, and feral species are acceptable, but not domesticated or species held in captivity. Plants growing within formal gardens or planted in flower beds are not accepted.
• A record should be to species level and must include the minimum information: species name, recorder name, location name, and/or location coordinates. For difficult taxonomic groups a record to the family or genus level can constitute a valid record.
• Most records should be based on direct observation. For some groups records will be accepted based on what is considered conventional recording for that group. For example, mammal tracks or bird songs are valid means of generating records and will be accepted.
• Species must be observed and recorded by current students of the university (undergraduate or graduate), but non-students are welcome to help (i.e. if a student birder and their non-
student birder friend see an American Robin, that’s fine as long as the student saw the bird and is the one to submit the record).