BioBlitz! OK 2020 – Virtual Nature Center2020-09-13T05:48:37-05:00

Welcome to BioBlitz! OK 2020’s Virtual Nature Center!

The Virtual Nature Center is the hub of information for BioBlitz! OK 2020.  We will be adding information and resources as we get closer to BioBlitz! weekend, Oct 2-4.

Come in and learn about Oklahoma’s biodiversity!  Download nature activities to do at home or to take to a park, take virtual field trips, and much more!

Get ready to celebrate biodiversity!
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What is BioBlitz! OK?

BioBlitz! is a celebration of Oklahoma’s biodiversity.  Each fall expert biologists and citizen scientists come together at an Oklahoma natural area to count as many species as possible over one weekend!  This year is a little different – we will be spread across the state.  But we will still have 100s of people exploring the mountains and grasslands, forests and wetlands looking for our state’s amazing biodiversity.

Sign Up Now!

BioBlitz! OK 2020 registration is free!  Everyone that signs up will receive a weather-resistant sticker commemorating this 20th BioBlitz! OK!  This sticker is perfect for laptops, water bottles, and bumpers!  Registrants will also receive regular updates about BioBlitz! weekend.

Join our BioBlitz! OK Community Facebook page!

You can post photos, share wildlife observations, and ask the group questions about Oklahoma’s biodiversity.

BioBlitz! OK 2020

How do I participate this year?

  • Participate where ever you feel comfortable – online, backyard, local park, or travel to a nature park in the state
  • Record species observations online through iNaturalist and eBird
  • Download checklists of your favorite taxa groups for your area
  • Attend virtual field trips, watch online presentations, and listen to interviews with expert biologists
  • Attend small, in-person BioBitz activities at parks across the state
  • Engage with Community in Facebook Group
  • Download biodiveristy activities
  • Learn more about the region you plan to explore
  • Purchase a 20th anniversary t-shirt
  • Be flexible!
Girl Scouts catching invertebrates!

The Inventory

The inventory will run from Friday October 2, 12:01 a.m. to Sunday October 4, 11:59 p.m.  So you have 3 full days to explore Oklahoma’s biodiversity!

Use iNaturalist to submit your observations of all living things.  You can upload photos or audio recordings.  You can submit images of signs of organisms too – tracks, scat, nests, etc…

You can also use eBird to make bird checklists and submit those to our inventory.

All observations must be made within the time frame above, but you will have a few days after the inventory ends to submit all your records.

Join iNaturalist Project

Locations

You can participate in BioBlitz! OK 2020 at any location you feel comfortable!  However, you need to abide by all the rules and regulations for your location.  This year BioBlitz! does not have special permission to collect organisms at any location.  Activity leaders are responsible for their own professional permits and licenses to conduct their collection, banding, or tracking of plants and animals.

Participation in BioBlitz! OK 2020 is free, but you will be responsible for any entrance, parking, or permit fees required of a location that you are visiting.

Oklahoma State Parks – you will need a Parking Pass to visit some Oklahoma State Parks

Wildlife Management Areas – you must have a fishing or hunting license or a conservation passport to visit an ODWC owned WMA (purchase license or passport)

Camping fees will not be covered by your free BioBlitz! OK 2020 registration.  Be aware that camping at Oklahoma State Parks now requires online reservations.  Make reservations on any park webpage.

You may find the Oklahoma State Parks app to be handy too!

Calling all Artistic Biologists!

BioDiversity of Oklahoma Art Contest 

Providing an new opportunity to celebrate our state’s biodiversity.

Traditionally our events have focused on an inventory of biological species observed during our fall BioBlitz! OK weekend or our Virtual Spring BioBlitz! Month.  We now are expanding our celebration to include artistic expression!  

Learn How to Submit Your Art

Download activities

Check back regularly!

We will be adding more activities in the coming weeks.

The Sam Noble Museum has developed an amazing series of activities to help you get out and explore!

Explorer Activities

Order T-shirt

This year’s t-shirt celebrates the 20th Anniversary t-shirt of BioBlitz! Ok.  Anyone can order a shirt to be delivered to their home – no need to attend any event.  Profits will go to our diversity scholarships to expand our outdoor education reach.

Did you miss our first order?  We have set up a second one!

Deadline to order is Oct 4th!