What is BioBlitz?

BioBlitz is a scientific race against time. It is educational. And it is heaps of fun!

The goal is to count as many species as possible in a 24-hour survey of a large urban area. The emphasis is on recording the total number of species, not naming every creature that has been found.

A central location or ‘Base Camp’ is the hub of activity where identifications are made, species tallied, and public get to look down microscopes, chat with scientists, and ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ over the beautiful, the curious and the downright thrillingly ugly.  Field trips (guided walks) depart from here.

BioBlitz is a unique opportunity for scientists, students and the public to experience the vast array of species (biodiversity) living in an urban reserve. It is rare for so many different types of biologists to be able to work together in the same place, at the same time and on the same project.


The principal organizers of BioBlitz 2015 are the Auckland Museum, supported by Ngati Whatua o Orakei, the Auckland Council and Landcare Research. Forest and Bird Society, Ornithological Society, the Botanical Society, University of Auckland, Unitech, Oratia Native Plant Nursery, and WaiCare will probably be participating. The aim is to get as many biologists participating as possible, AND to have as many public visitors as possible.

The first BioBlitz in New Zealand was in Auckland in 2004.



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