South Merrill Community Garden BioBlitz

South Merrill Community Garden BioBlitz

Join South Shore neighbors to explore and document the biodiversity in the South Merrill Community Garden and surrounding area. No experience is necessary – just bring outdoor clothes and a smartphone to capture your findings.
South Merrill Community Garden BioBlitz - 10am - 1pm on 7/27/24 at 7030 S Merrill Ave, Chicago, Il 60649
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Join South Shore neighbors to explore and document the biodiversity in the South Merrill Community Garden and surrounding area. No experience is necessary – just bring outdoor clothes and a smartphone to capture your findings.

BioBlitz Basics: A BioBlitz is an event in which participants identify as many living things as possible in an area in a short period of time to produce a snapshot of an area’s baseline biodiversity. Bioblitzes can take place in various habitats, such as parks, nature reserves, or even urban areas like vacant lots. The data collected helps us to understand parts of South Shore as ecosystems, tracking changes over time, and informing neighborhood planning.

What to Bring:

  1. Clothing:
    • Comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing (layering is often a good idea).
    • Sturdy walking shoes or boots.
    • Hat and sunglasses for sun protection.
    • Rain gear, if necessary.
  2. Personal Items:
    • Smartphone
    • Water bottle (stay hydrated).
    • Snacks or packed lunch.
    • Sunscreen and insect repellent.
    • Notebook and pen/pencil for taking notes.

Data CollectionBioBlitz participants use various tools and techniques to identify and document as many species as possible. For example, participants perform walking surveys and use the free mobile phone app, iNaturalist, to identify and inventory as many organisms at the species level as possible. Participants will also collect insects in traps and estimate percent cover of vegetation using quadrats along a transect. Both Simpson’s Diversity Index and Shannon-Weiner Species Diversity Index are used to quantify biodiversity data.

Please note that this year’s Green Soapbox event will be recorded via photography, videography, and audio recording. By attending, guests grant Delta Institute permission to take photographs/video/audio of them and their property. Guests authorize Delta Institute, its assigns, and transferees to edit, copyright, use, and publish the same in print and/or electronically. Guests agree that Delta Institute may use such photographs/video/audio of them with or without their names and for any lawful purpose, including such purposes as publicity, web content, and reports. By attending, guests acknowledge that they have completely read and fully understand Delta Institute’s Media Release Consent Form & COVID-19 Disclosure and agree by all conditions, and they release any and all claims against Delta Institute for utilizing this material for publication, external promotion, or distribution via Delta Institute-managed channels.

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