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(VH) DFW iNaturalist Bioblitz

September 6, 2020 - September 12, 2020

VH OPPORTUNITY: Fall DFW iNaturalist BioBlitz: September 6-12 

We have all missed out on participating in public BioBlitzes this year. Most of us have just been whining about it; but DFW Urban Biologist Sam Kieschnick has done something about it; he has created the Fall Socially Distant BioBlitz for DFW Master Naturalist Chapters!

Event:  Fall Socially Distant BioBlitz for DFW Master Naturalist Chapters

Date:  September 6–12, 2020

Time: You choose! See Work Plan below.

Description:  This is an iNaturalist umbrella project for all counties in the DFW extended area served by six Texas Master Naturalist chapters, including the Blackland Prairie Chapter.  Observations of wild organisms made between September 6-12, 2020 will count.  Observations made in identified counties will automatically be added to both that project and this umbrella project. You do not have to join to participate! Our chapter will get credit ONLY for observations made in Collin County or Hunt County during those days.

This project will aggregate all data so we can see everything that was observed and where it was observed.  It will also answer important questions like: What area of DFW can document the most species, make the most observations, and have the most engagement?  At the end of the project, Sam Kieschnick will put together a report to highlight some of the cool finds.  Plus, each day of the BioBlitz there will be a “daily challenge.” Sam will have a list of 7 things to look for, and those that find and document them get extra “respect” points.  Respect points are worth their weight in gold!

And, one more thing:  You do not have to be a master naturalist to participate in this project!  So, Master Naturalists can involve family and friends in the fun. JUST REMEMBER: Wherever you make your observations, be mindful of COVID-19 realities like crowd size and social distancing, and please take your masks!

Work Plan:  Need some ideas for places to do your field work?  Check in with the BPTMN iNaturalist Team:  Lisa Travis [], Jean Suplick [], Valerie Dalton [], Sharla Stack [], Janice James []

Logging VH:  Your VH should be logged as BPTMN: Blackland Prairie iNaturalist Project.  Break down your time as follows in the description box: (1) Time spent in the field recording observations; (2) time spent online, identifying, editing, uploading your observations; (3) curating time reviewing, identifying and commenting on other’s iNaturalist observations.  Twelve (12) hours VH/AT per day is the max allowed by the State.

Event Contact: Sam Kieschnick –

BPTMN Contact:  Lisa Travis –  

BPTMN Online iNaturalist Deep Dive Classes:  In preparation for the BioBlitz, our chapter is offering an online “Deep Dive” class for chapter members led by BPTMN member and resident iNaturalist expert Lisa Travis. Members will earn ½-hour AT for attending.

iNaturalist: New Citizen Science Opportunities Online Deep Dive will be offered twice on Thursday, September 3:

  Links for more information: 

Here is the Umbrella Project Website:

Here is the BPTMN project page:

    1. When observations are made in Collin and Hunt Counties during September 6-12, they automatically go into the BPTMN project iNaturalist site without any extra steps.


September 6, 2020
September 12, 2020
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