The Celebration of Biodiversity BioBlitz


2020 is a defining year for biodiversity and has been called the Biodiversity Super Year. People are working together worldwide to help protect biodiversity, and you can join Little Traverse Conservancy and the University of Michigan Biological Station in celebrating with a week-long BioBlitz!

We value documenting what creatures live on and using our lands through iNaturalist, an online, crowd-sourced species identification system. Some of our preserves have very few iNaturalist observations, so we challenge you to explore those lands and build more biodiversity observations. Prizes will be awarded for most flora or fauna species on iNaturalist at the end of the week.

Dates: July 11 – 17, 2020

Step 1: Create your account on iNaturalist.

Step 2: Register for the Little Traverse Conservancy competition below.

Step 3: Explore Little Traverse Conservancy properties and document what you find! Explore solo or join a guided hike with us.


1. Pick a property to explore

  • Go to Little Traverse Conservancy’s iNaturalist page to see the projects for all of our properties. iNaturalist
  • Click ‘View More’ under ‘Leaderboard’ to scroll towards the bottom and pick a property with only a few observations.


2. Visit the property at your convenience during the week of July 11th-17th to look for plants, fungi, insects, birds, and more to document with a photograph.

3. Take high-quality photos, the more in focus and up close, the better. Suppose you can get 2-3 from different angles, even better.

4. Upload your photos directly using the iNaturalist app or upload them back home from your camera to the website. You don’t need to know what you saw; the community will help you out.


5. Repeat at a different preserve and help others identify their observations on iNaturalist.

6. Species totals will be tallied one week after the close of the event (7/24).

7. Lastly, make sure to click the “Join” button in the upper right-hand corner of Little Traverse Conservancy’s iNaturalist page to stay connected!