Saturday, June 30, 8 AM - 2 PM
Rooks Park, Walla Walla
Join us at Walla Walla’s first annual BioBlitz! Uncover the biodiversity that thrives right outside Walla Walla's city limits at Rooks Park and Bennington Lake. Help up discover as many species as possible in your own backyard!
Activities will include BioBlitz Nature Walks with local naturalists and Discovery Zones around Rooks Park for young children to investigate and observe the natural world around them through play. Children will learn about the different ecoregions within the Blue Mountains and discover the interconnections that exist between all living and nonliving things.
Don’t worry about packing a lunch -- two food trucks, Mobile Food Adventures and Saints and Sinners, will be at the event. Finish the day with a relaxing outdoor picnic in the park you just explored!
This event is presented by the Blue Mountain Land Trust and the U.S. Forest Service and is made possible with the support of US Army Corp of Engineers, Whitman College, Water and Environmental Center, the Blue Mountain Audubon Society, Outside the Lines Art Studio, Walla Walla Basin Watershed Council, Walla Walla County Conservation District, Sustainable Living Center, and Tri-State Steelheaders.
This event is free and open to the public.
Let us know if you're planning on coming by registering here.
BioBlitz Walks (Meet at the Base Camp tent located near the volleyball court at Rooks Park)
6 am: Bird Walk with Mike Denny
8 am: BioBlitz Event Kick-Off and Welcome
8:30 - 9:30 am: BioBlitz Walk
9:30 - 10:30 am: BioBlitz Walk
10 - 11am: BioBlitz Walk
10:30 - 11:30 am: BioBlitz Walk
11 - 12 pm: BioBlitz Walk
11:30am - 12:30 pm: BioBlitz Walk
12 - 1 pm: BioBlitz Walk
12:30 - 1:30 pm: BioBlitz Walk
1:30 pm: BioBlitz Wrap-up (come back to learn how many species were discovered at Rooks Park and Bennington Lake)
** Walk leaders will be posted soon.
What is a BioBlitz?
A BioBlitz is a community-science event that focuses on finding and identifying as many species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time. At a BioBlitz, scientists, families, students, teachers, and other community members work together to get an overall count of the plants, animals, fungi, and other organisms that live in a place.
Why participate in a BioBlitz?
Explore Nature With an Expert Guide
Scientists will lead you on a special informative tour, pointing out the special natural attractions around Rooks Park and Bennington Lake!
Photo by Rick Pummel.
Join a Species Inventory
You’ll join a biological species counting expedition, and your data could help inform the work of local agenices and scientists.
Share Your Photos With Scientists
It's as easy as taking photos of the plants and animals you see and loading them into iNaturalist, which provides a place to record observations and get help with species identification from scientists. Learn More About iNaturalist.
Photo by Rick Pummel.