Dust off your rubber boots, dig out your Chacos, and grab a tide table, a friend, your cameras and smartphones for the 2nd annual Snapshot Cal Coast (coastal bioblitz)!
Snapshot Cal Coast is a California statewide effort to document our coastal biodiversity and hold a series of bioblitzes up and down the California Coast, focusing on intertidal zones in marine protected areas (MPAs).
We will be working together with the MPA Collaborative Network and other partners to create a "snapshot" in time of where species are located along our coast. Your observations will help us better understand and protect marine life in California.
Over the weeks of June 23rd-July 2nd, we are asking every day citizen scientists, like you, to get out on the coast to search for as many plant and animals as you can find, and share photos of your discoveries on the website and app, iNaturalist.
Join the EAC's Marin MPA Watch summer interns and California Academy of Science at Agate Beach/Duxbury Reef on Tuesday, June 27 from 7:30 am - 10:00 am in the field. There will be a -1.1 tide which will allow for the group to walk out on the reef to make some stunning discoveries that we will catalog using iNaturalist (see how to download and use app below). This info will provide long-term data for the California coastline.
All ages welcome. Wear nonslip shoes, layers, a sunhat, and sunscreen. Bring water and snacks. See you at the coast!
There are many ways to get involved with Snapshot Cal Coast 2017:
- Learn more about iNaturalist and how to Get Started with an account and make observations.
- Join in one of the public bioblitz events happening along the coast during Snapshot Cal Coast 2017.
- Head out on the coast on your own (or with friends and family) during the Snapshot window of June 22 - July 2. Make and share the observations of the plants and animals you see, especially things on our most wanted list and in Marine Protected Areas. Check out the NOAA tide table to find out when the low tide will be near you.
- Would you like to gather people to make observations? Contact us about organizing your own event.
- Spread the word! Use our hashtag on social media #SnapshotCalCoast or tweet at us @SnapshotCACoast.
EAC is a member of the Golden Gate MPA Collaborative Network and partners throughout the year with the National Park Service at Point Reyes National Seashore, and the California Academy Sciences to monitor MPAs at Drakes, Limantour, and Double Point beaches, and in Drakes Estero.