IMG_4250, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Jim, the Photographer’s photostream

A BioBlitz is a biological survey conducted over a short period of time (usually 24 hours or less) where an attempt is made to record every living species in a designated area. The first BioBlitz occurred at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, Washington D.C. in 1996–approximately 1,000 species were identified at that event. BioBlitzes are often held in urban parks to allow for as much public participation as possible and to encourage the public’s interest in biodiversity.

On Saturday, June 7, you can participate in a BioBlitz at Emerald View Park from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Emerald View Park is Pittsburgh’s fifth–and newest–regional park. It was formerly known as Grand View Scenic Byway Park and will eventually contain 257 acres of parkland including playgrounds, playing fields, landscaped lawns and 19 miles of wooded trails. The area will be a model of steep hillside conservation and is located in the neighborhoods of Mount Washington, Duquesne Heights and Allentown.


Lady bird beetle on black-eyed susan, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Jeremy Good’s photostream

The BioBlitz is being conducted by the Mount Washington Community Development Corporation in partnership with the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. Naturally, they’ll need as many participants as possible to accomplish their goal. You’ll join scientists, students, and community members of all ages to produce a “snapshot” of all things living in the park.

To join in, you can register at Pittsburgh Cares here. You can also find out more information or register at the Mount Washington Community Development Corporation website.

Emerald View Park BioBlitz
What: Plant & animal inventory, nature games, crafts, hikes
When: Saturday, June 7, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Where: Emerald View Park – Olympia Park Entrance, Virginia Ave. & Hallock Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15211