What did SFUSD teachers and students do? How many organisms were documented?
The Parks Conservancy, National Geographic, the Presidio Trust, the SFUSD Science Department and Education Outside collaborated to create an inventory experience for over 2000 of our public school students. 40 4th-8th grade SFUSD teachers brought 55 classes to Fort Funston and Lands End to inventory plants, birds and insects, using field guides as well as iPads with the app iNaturalist. Educators and scientists were paired with each group. One lucky class even got to take a ride around the bay on a boat, inventorying organisms in the water! After their inventory, students were transported to Crissy Field to participate in the Biodiversity Festival. Their data was collected and counted in the overall totals.
Here are some exciting statistics about the BioBlitz from the Parks Conservancy:
- 320 volunteer scientists
- 200 community volunteers
- 6,000 participants, including more than 2,700 schoolchildren
- 16 inventory sites in 3 counties
- 9,800+ observations recorded
- 2300+ species counted
- 80+ new species to the parks’ species list
- 15 threatened species
- iNaturalist - This app is a great way to catalogue what your students find. You can create your own project (Example: "Sunnyside's Schoolyard") or add to an existing project (Example: "Birds of Ocean Beach"). iNaturalist can be used with iPads or other tablets, computers, and smart phones.
- National Geographic: Golden Gate BioBlitz - Includes links to sound files of night inventories, the Biodiversity Youth Ambassador blog, and more.
- BioBlitz finds 2,300+ species - This video gives a great overview of the BioBlitz, with images of some of the plants, animals and fungi that were identified.
- Neighborhood BioBlitz (grades 6-12) - Use this lesson plan and video to create a BioBlitz experience with your students. Could be modified for younger grades.
- BioBlitz Lessons from AAAS - A collection of lesson plans for all grade spans from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
- BioBlitz Lessons created by SFUSD teachers - click here for grades 4-5 and here for grades 6-8.