SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA
Be a scientist for a day and help experts discover, count, map and learn about organisms during BioBlitz 2014.
Thousands of community members and students, as well as more than 300 leading scientists and naturalists, will gather for the 24-hour species count starting Friday afternoon. Wildflowers, seals, microbes and redwoods are all fair game across Muir Woods, Fort Point, the Giacomini wetlands, Muir Beach, the Marin Headlands, Crissy Field, the Presidio, Mori Point and Rancho Corral del Tierra.
Citizen scientists wishing to join an inventory team must register in advance for their preferred park, time and subject matter. All inventory expeditions at Muir Woods are free, but normal park entrance fees apply elsewhere.
The two-day corresponding Biodiversity Festival, however, is free. It takes place at Crissy Field’s East Beach in the San Francisco Presidio, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Expect a giant BioBlitz data center, where guests can track what’s being discovered out in the field, as well as demonstrations, exhibits, animals and hands-on activities. Visit www.parksconservancy.org for more information about the festival and registration.