The Celebration of Biodiversity BioBlitz


In a time when climate change is a concern and the natural world is changing around us, people are working together worldwide to help protect biodiversity. You can join Little Traverse Conservancy in our effort to learn more about what lives on and in our protected properties by participating in a week-long BioBlitz.

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

Dates: July 6 – 10, 2021

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 6th – 10th 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. If 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 (7/17).

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!

Registration Form - BioBlitz

  • Must create iNaturalist account before registering for challenge.
  • Let us know if you have family or friends that plan to join you on your excursions.