Sonoma Sun Event Calendar

Be part of a bioblitz Sugarloaf State Park

Friday April 26th - 1:30am

Bioblitzes are gatherings of scientists, citizen scientists, land managers, and more, all working together to find and identify as many different species as possible in a short amount of time. Bioblitzes not only help land managers build a species list for their park and provide invaluable data for researchers, they also highlight the incredible biodiversity in these Bay Area oases. Cal Academy is hosting a series of bioblitzes around the Bay Area this spring, including two locally, in Sugarloaf and Trione-Annadel state parks.

On April 26, 1:30 p.m., head up to Sugarloaf State Park. Just download the iNaturalist app to your smartphone and bring your curiosity and your powers of observation to help catalog the natural wonders of the park. Registration is free, but be sure to let them know you’re coming. Read more at sugarloafpark.org/event/sugarloaf-bioblitz-w-city-nature-challenge-2/.

Then, on April 27, bioblitz by bicycle at Trione-Annadel State Park. Meet at the Warren Richardson trail head at 8 a.m. to get some training on the iNaturalist app, rare plants to look for, and goals for the day. The October 2017 Nuns Fire burned about 60 percent of Trione-Annadel State Park, so this blitz will focus on rare plants in the burned areas. Be back at the Warren Richardson trailhead at noon for lunch and wrap up. Be prepared for a moderate ride of up to 14 miles for this event.

Registration is free, and attendees will get lunch, but be sure to let them know you’re coming. There is a day use fee of $7 per car ($6 for seniors).

All bioblitzes are free and family-friendly. Read more about the all the bioblitz events at www.calacademy.org/citizen-science/bioblitzes.