2010 Bioblitz at Washington Park Arboretum

The year 2010 has been declared the International Year of Biodiversity. The University of Washington Botanic Gardens held a successful Bioblitz to inventory plants and animals in the north end of the Arboretum.

Over 100 scientists, taxa experts, volunteers, high school and college students participated in the 24-hour inventory of birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, insects, fungi, lichen, and plants.

WPA Bioblitz Results are Now Available.

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Scrutinize arboretum's plants, critters, crawlies as part of city's first 'bioblitz'

Seattle's first-ever "bioblitz" gets under way this month, and naturalists, kayakers and other volunteers are needed to look for as many birds, plants, lichens, spiders, mollusks, frogs and other species as possible in the Washington Park Arboretum during a single 24-hour period.

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Bioblitz Projects

Bioblitzes are 24-hour species inventories conducted by scientists and the local community.

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If you are interested in becoming a NatureMapper, then now is a good time to sign up for a NatureMapping Workshop.

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The NatureMapping Program's vision is to create a national network that links natural resource agencies, academia and land planners with local communities primarily through schools.

Volunteers participate in a BioBlitz

Animal Facts

Did you know?

  • Anna's Hummingbird wings beat 40 to 50 times per second.
  • A hummingbird can consume up to 50% of its weight in nectar each day.
  • A hummingbird's egg is about the size of a small jellybean.

Learn interesting facts about American Robins, Cougars, Hummingbirds, Owls, Squirrels, and other species in Washington. The animal facts sheets are richly illustrated with original photos, tracks and silhouettes.

Two fact sheets for each species are available for different learning levels - grades K-6 and 7-12.

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NatureMapping features fact sheets on a variety of wildlife species, including Anna's Hummingbird - a new winter resident of the Puget Sound region.

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