Newport Backyard Wilderness Bioblitz
Monday, April 1, 2019
During the entire month of April, our Newport Branch is sponsoring a bioblitz to go along with our Backyard Wilderness exhibit. A bioblitz is an intense period of biological survey in an attempt to record all the living species within a designated area.
Our bioblitz focuses on the species in either your backyard, the Library’s yard or in one of the many parks in the city of Newport. We are looking for whatever plants, amphibians, fungi, fish, reptiles, arachnids, birds, insects, mollusks or mammals you can find in those areas.
To learn what species typically reside in our area, you may download the app Seek by iNaturalist, or check out one of our many nature guides.
You may also stop by our Newport Branch to pick up a species bioblitz form to use to record all your findings. (A downloadable version of the form will be available here beginning April 1.) This sheet will also provide a sampling of species to look for in our area and a map of all our parks. If you bring your completed bioblitz form back to our Newport Branch and show it to one of our librarians, we will give you an entry form to win one of our outdoor adventure kits or your very own nature guide. A bonus entry form will be given to anyone visiting five or more of Newport’s parks.
Entry forms are due to our Newport Branch by May 6th. Prizes will be drawn on May 8th.