Nat Geo Explorer Mindset Community BioBlitz's Journal

June 11, 2021

Day 4 - Super Excited About My Find (and journal formatting practice)

Today is the day I work through playing with formatting in the journal/ news format. I'll do that based on the context of sharing my excitement about yesterday's observation.

After several months of intentionally visiting the pond in my neighborhood to find the beaver that plenty of trees showed evidence of, bold I finally spotted the beaver! bold The best part of it was that I wasn't looking. I was just trying to get my steps in for the day and it was cool enough plus I had some time.

(If the formatting tip I learned at worked, you'll see the photo above. If not, visit link )

italic If my formatting worked, it's all thanks to @maryford leading me to this post italic

NOTE: As you can tell, my formatting did not work so I need to work on playing with those nuances. 😂

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June 10, 2021

Day 3 - We are Global!

Excited to check in this morning and see that @tim_black is leading our BioBlitz with 10 observations. What's even more exciting is that we are truly global in this BioBlitz as Tim's observations are coming in from France. Seeing that he had observed a California Poppy got me wondering if it was an invasive species, so I did a quick search. Ended up with a great map and resource from Global Biodiversity Information Facility (Think about those National Geographic Educator Courses on Geo-Inquiry and using it)

This of course brings me to the question of how might you use BioBlitz experiences with your students?

And to answer the question that was on yesterday's post shared in the National Geographic Education Explorer Mindset Facebook. community "I have uploaded some photos already, and I am trying to connect the pictures from my Seek app, which I have been using some weeks ago. How to transfer my Seek observations to my INaturalist observation?"

Honestly, I don't know. I did however find these two responses in the iNaturalist forum.

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June 09, 2021

Day 2 - How Does Contributing to the BioBlitz Work?

  1. Join the Nat Geo Explorer Mindset Community BioBlitz
    A. Click this link to join the project -
    B. Search for the project (Video how to -
    That's how I found the NJSTA Spring Bioblitz when I read about it on Facebook

  2. Any observations you make in iNaturalist that meet the parameters of the BioBlitz will get added to the project once you connect to the project. For this Bioblitz the only "parameters" I set were the dates of June 8-15, 2021. (Brief description here via video -

Curious about how to manage projects? Find out more here -

PS - Thanks, Jess, for inspiring today's journal post.

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June 08, 2021

Welcome to Day 1 of our BioBlitz

Thanks for joining this BioBlitz experiment. I set it up so I could "play" with what it is like to have a project, from the set up to creating posts to seeing what it looks like on the "project management" end, etc. (If you are thinking of creating a project, a guide it at )

Feel free to take photos of anything out there in the world. I know some BioBlitz's are set up with a daily theme. This is not. Hoping to see a variety of plants, animal, and fungi showing up from around our explorer community.

As we build our skills, here is a collection of resources on Plant Identification, including some strategies for picture taking to help with identification.

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