Elkhart Parks Department hosting two-month long BioBlitz

ELKHART, Ind. -- The Elkhart County Parks department announced on Tuesday that it will be hosting a Spring Wildflower BioBlitz from April 1 - May 31 this Spring year using the iNaturalist app.

A naturalist from the Elkhart County Parks Department will host an informational kick-off event at 6 p.m. on April 1 at Ox Bow County Park.

Organizers say BioBlitzers will meet across from the Black Maple Shelter to learn all about the BioBlitz and how to get started.

According to the National Geographic Society, a BioBlitz, also known as a biological inventory or biological census, is an event that focuses on finding and identifying as many species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time.

The goal of a BioBlitz is to get an overall count of the plants, animals, fungi, and other organisms that live in a place.

"Last year’s BioBlitz found, documented and identified 66 species within the county," county officials said. "Join in the fun as a citizen scientist to help us find even more this year."

All ages are welcome to join, and complete details can be found here.

For more information regarding the BioBlitz, contact Krista Daniels, Interpretive Naturalist at [email protected] or 574-875-7422.

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