What is a BioBlitz?

An event that focuses on finding and identifying as many species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time to create a snapshot of an area’s biodiversity.

How will this event be structured? 

From Saturday September 12th to Sunday September 20th participants can take pictures of plants and animals at New Quarter Park using the iNaturalist app on your smart phone. Handouts of the park map, how to use the app, and what we are looking for can be found under the "Helpful Documents" tab on the right hand side of the webpage. We highly recommend that you download the iNaturlaist app before coming to the park.

How does iNaturalist work?

How to add a Project - It’s an easy-to-use app where you take picture of what you find, upload them to the iNaturalist site and be included in an agencies “project”. To become a part of the New Quarter Park project, click the on the drop down menu in the top left corner of the app and select “projects”. From there search for “New Quarter Park BioBlitz 2020” and click join. Now all the observations (pictures) you take will be added to our BioBlitz database.

How to take pictures - On the main screen of the app click the + icon at the bottom to take a picture. After you take your picture, it will take you to the “Detail” screen. The app will enter in your location and give ten possible options of what it is that you took a picture of. You may skip this step if you are unsure of which identification to choose. You may also add a note to the picture or take additional picture of the observation. At the bottom of the “Detail” page, you will see a section that says “Add To Project”.  If this was not already filled in with the New Quarter Park BioBlitz 2020 project, then do so then (see the paragraph above on how to add the project). Finally, you click the check mark at the bottom of the screen to submit your observation. If for any reason your observation does not upload the picture, don’t worry! You can add your pictures again once you get home. The only difference is you will need to choose the location as New Quarter Park when you submit it. See the video to learn how to use the app.

Click on the How to Use iNatrualist document in the Helpful Documents section, for step by step pictures on how to use the app.

What do I take a picture of? 

The main things we want to take pictures of are pollinators. Pollinators in general are bees, butterflies, other insects, birds, and flowering plants. However, you can also take a picture of nature that is interesting to you and that you can get a good close-up photograph. It is generally important to document invasive and exotic species as well as natives so don’t worry too much about how “special” or “rare” a plant or animal is. You are trying to get a representative sample of the entire place, not just the best parts. Diversity is important, too, so look for things you personally haven’t yet photographed. If you can, take several photographs of one object to show different features - bark, leaves, seeds, flowers, etc. - as well as the whole plant. Sometimes this is the only way to make a definite identification.

  1. New Quarter Park

    Physical Address
    1000 Lakeshead Drive
    Williamsburg, VA 23185


    Phone: 757-890-5840 (Park Office)

Helpful Documents