BioBlitz! Oklahoma2021-04-10T08:10:03-05:00

Welcome to the BioBlitz! OK Virtual Nature Center – Spring Edition!

Biodiversity Network

Spring BioBlitz! OK 2021 – Has Begun!

Spend the entire month of April celebrating and observing Oklahoma’s natural diversity!

How do I Participate?

  • Register for free!
  • Participate where ever you feel comfortable – online, backyard, local park, or travel to a natural area in the state
  • Record species observations online through iNaturalist and eBird
  • Record phenology observations of redbud trees through BudBurst
  • Participate in inventory Challenges to earn prizes (see below)
  • Join our Facebook Live events that include virtual field trips
  • Join our BINGO games on Zoom
  • Attend small, in-person BioBitz activities at Oklahoma State Parks (see below)

Observation Challenges

Earn prizes by participating in Challenges throughout the month.

  • April 1-4: Join the iNaturalist project and make 20 observations
    • Everyone gets a sticker!  One random participant will win a special prize!
  • April 5-9: Make 3 fungus, lichen, or moss observations in iNaturalist
    • Two random participants will earn a small handlens
  • April 10-15: Make 10 iNaturalist observations at a State Park
    • Three random participants will earn an Oklahoma State Park mug!
  • April 16-22: Submit 1 eBird checklist of 5 species or more
    • One random participant will earn a monocular with smart phone adapter
  • April 23-28: Make 5 pollinator observations in iNaturalist
    • Two random participants will earn Oklahoma honey and a pollinator seed packet

Month long challenges

  • Best Budburst phenology observer – earn a Forest Trees of Oklahoma book, free registration to fall BioBlitz! OK 2021
  • Most Research Grade species observed in iNaturalist – Ok Natural Areas tall latte mug, Rite in the Rain notebook, free registration to fall BioBlitz! OK 2021
  • Most species reported in eBird checklist – Ok Natural Areas tall latte mug, Rite in the Rain notebook, free registration to fall BioBlitz! OK 2021
  • Most reptile and amphibian species reported in iNaturalist – sponsored by the Oklahoma Herpetological Society – Herp t-shirt, free registration to fall BioBlitz! OK 2021
  • Peoples’ Choice “Best Photo” in iNaturalist – Oklahoma State Park totebag, free registration to fall BioBlitz! OK 2021

Oklahoma State Park Events

Beaver’s Bend State Park

  • Tree ID Walk, April 10th, 10:00 a.m. on the Tree Trail

Greenleaf State Park

  • Spring Plant Identification, April 24th, 2:00 p.m.

Grand Lake State Park, Bernice Area

  • Wacky Wetlands, April 10th, 10:00 a.m.  Join in as we learn what makes a wetland wacky, meet a wonderful wetland friend, and take a trip down our nature trail to see what critters we can find in our very own wetland area! Program is intended for families with children 5 and up.
  • Forest Defenders, April 24th, 10:00 a.m.  At Bernice Area our nature trails are under invasion and we need your help! Earth Day can be every day, but let’s take a hike down our nature trails and discuss how we can all help to protect our Grand forests from invasion. We will discuss invasion from both plant’s and animal’s as we work together to beautify the trails at Bernice area. Forest Defenders is open to adults, teenagers & families. Kids 15 & under must be accompanied by a guardian.

Lake Murray State Park

  • Wildflower Walk, April 17th, 10:30 a.m.  Meet at the Nature Center to explore with park naturalist, Bonnie Farris, the habitat around the Tucker Tower and Nature Center.

Sequoyah State Park

  • Kids Bird Bingo, April 18th 3:30 p.m. at the Three Forks Nature Center with Rebecca Renfro – Oklahoma Ornithological Society

Tenkiller State Park – Driftwood Nature Center

  • Spring Flower Discovery Hike, April 10th, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Park naturalist will guide a hike to looking for our spring wildflowers and show you how to make observations using iNaturalist.
  • Tidy up Tenkiller, April 17th, 10:00 a.m. check-in.  Greater Tenkiller Area Associations park clean up day. We will be handing out trash bags, but you are also encouraged to make observations of reptiles and amphibians in iNaturalist while you are helping make the park a better place.
  • Earth Day Celebrations
    • April 22nd – 9:00 a.m. Bird Hike, 1:00 p.m. Wildflower Hike, 3:00 p.m. Nature Print Shirts ($8)
    • April 23rd – 1:00 p.m. Bird Song BINGO, 6:00 p.m. Evening Hike with a Naturalist
    • April 24rd – 10:00 a.m. Big Walk About: bring your binoculars, bird guide, and walking shoes to record bird observations in eBird

More information on all Oklahoma State Park Events

Celebrating Human Diversity!

We strive to create a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community through BioBlitz! OK.  In this space we will be highlighting a diversity of people and projects, amplifying underrepresented voices, and showing the BioBlitz! OK community that everyone is welcome!

What is BioBlitz! OK?

BioBlitz! OK is a celebration of Oklahoma’s biodiversity.  During the first weekend of October and during the entire month of April, expert biologists and citizen scientists count as many species as possible!  100s of people explore the mountains and grasslands, forests and wetlands looking for our state’s amazing biodiversity.

Past BioBlitz! Events
Free Registration for Spring BioBlitz! 2021

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Species of the Week

BINGO on Zoom

Saturday Night BINGO!

Join us for our free and educational BINGO games during Spring BioBlitz! OK 2021!

Bird BINGO – April 10, 7:00 p.m.

Pollinator BINGO – April 24, 7:00 p.m.

Games will be held on Zoom.  Sign up is required so that we don’t get Zoombombed!

Sign up for BINGO

Online Resources

Download activities

New Spring BioBlitz! BINGO Sheet

Great way to guide nature exploration with beginner naturalists!Download a PDF of the BINGO Sheet

A simple guide to collecting and observing your backyard insects developed by one of our invertebrate experts and OU grad student, Melissa Sadir.

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

Explorer Activities

Pollinator Patch

Spring is a great time to learn more about our native pollinators!  Check out the Pollinator Patch for more information.

Syrphid Fly, Eristalis stipator, on stiff greenthread, Thelesper

BioDiversity Art Gallery 2020

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!  

See All of the Art!