On May 6 – 9, 2020, COSI will be hosting its very own Ohio BioBlitz! Using the iNaturalist platform, we will attempt to observe and identify as many different species of plants, animals, and fungi as possible. And we want you to participate! Not only is this a fun way to get outside and explore the science all around you, but your observations will also contribute to scientific research. During this webinar, COSI Director of Science Content Dr. Marci Howdyshell will explain what Citizen Science is, share stories of scientists who use iNaturalist to inform their research, and provide a primer on using the iNaturalist platform so that you will be ready to start observing!
In light of the recent COVID-19 pandemic, Ohio's Stay-at-Home Order (https://bit.ly/OH040220), and the recommendations around social distancing, we encourage all participants to please exercise the utmost caution should you choose to take part in this volunteer opportunity. The Stay-at-Home order does allow for outdoor recreation, but it is imperative that while outdoors you continue following social distancing guidelines. Dr. Howdyshell will explain how you can be involved in the Bioblitz while keeping yourself and others safe.