Citizen scientists: Help with BioBlitz on Buffalo’s Outer Harbor

red admiral butterfly
This is a red admiral butterfly– I think– that I photographed a couple years ago at Buffalo’s Outer Harbor. You can participate in the BioBlitz at the Outer Harbor even if you don’t know the name of the animal or plant you observe. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko

by Connie Oswald Stofko

Be a citizen scientist and help the Pollinator Conservation Association with its BioBlitz through Dec. 1 on the Outer Harbor in Buffalo. Help to discover and identify flora and fauna there to improve conservation planning for future projects.

The area includes Times Beach, Tifft Nature Preserve, the Union Ship Canal, and all of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation land and State Park land on the Outer Harbor.

You can post pictures and observations on INaturalist.org. Any observations posted on that platform that take place within the borders of the BioBlitz will automatically be included in the project.

You can also specifically join the project as a member.

You don’t have to know the name of the plant or animal that is in your photograph. If you post an observation of a wild organism that has a photo, location, and date, other people can identify it (see #5 on that page).

For more information, contact Jay Burney, executive director of Pollinator Conservation Association, at greenwatch100@gmail.com.

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