Splash “Bioblitz” Nature Walk To Celebrate Biodiversity Week! Sunday, Sept. 10th, 9am-12pm

Sacramento Splash is excited to partner with the CA Department of Fish and Wildlife and Sacramento County Regional Parks to offer this free, fun event!  Join us for a morning in nature, as we explore the wetlands, riparian areas, and grasslands of Mather Lake Regional Park, near Sacramento, on this easy 1.25-mile nature walk!  We will be celebrating California’s Biodiversity Week with a “bioblitz” event during this special hike, to find and identify as many species of plants and animals as we can!

We’re excited that Dr. Dena Spatz, Biodiversity Coordinator for the CA Department of Fish and Wildlife, will be joining us on this walk!  Dena is heading up the Biodiversity Week Planning Team that is coordinating nearly 100 events throughout the state!

We’ll be using the iNaturalist app to document our observations, adding to a robust set of data that conservation leaders can then use to better understand how to protect the living things in our beautiful state.  You don’t have to be an expert, or even know how to use iNaturalist, because this event will be tailored to the experience levels of the participants.  So, grab your camera or phone and join our naturalists for this fun citizen science project!

Participating is easy!

1. Before September 10, Download the iNaturalist app on your phone and set up your account.

2. Click on “Projects” and join “Sacramento Splash Biodiversity Day Bioblitz 2023”

3. Then join us on our walk and we’ll make our observations!

This event is free; however, Mather Lake Regional Park requires a $6.00 parking fee, unless you have an annual Sacramento County Parks pass. 

We will meet at 9:00am at the covered picnic pavilion near the parking fee payment kiosk. We look forward to seeing you there! Mather Lake Regional Park is located at 4051 Zinfandel Dr., Rancho Cordova, CA  95655.

Biodiversity Week runs from September 2 – 10, to celebrate our state’s unique biodiversity and encourage actions to protect it.  There will be community events throughout the state, hosted by state and federal agencies, non-profit organizations, museums, zoos, and educational institutions to invite the public to participate in biodiversity-oriented activities.  For more information about Biodiversity Week events and volunteer opportunities near you, check out the California Biodiversity Day 2023 website https://resources.ca.gov/biodiversityday2023.

Join the Splash Bioblitz 2023 project on iNaturalist at https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/sacramento-splash-biodiversity-day-bioblitz-2023

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