The Council for Watershed Health (CWH) and the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA) are holding a community science Bioblitz at Marsh Park. A Bioblitz is an event where volunteer scientists, families, students, and other community members try to identify as many plant and animal species as possible in a given time period in a specific location. It's a great way to connect to the great outdoors, science, and the LA River since Marsh Park is located right next to it! The event will include a site tour of Marsh Park's eco-friendly green infrastructure features and a presentation of the results from CWH's water monitoring activities there. The event will conclude with the Bioblitz, in which we will take photos of insects, animals, and plants and upload them to an app called iNaturalist that connects these observations to scientists who can identify the species for you! Or, if you're already a pro at plant and animal identification, you can identify others' photos and watch the species numbers rise. At the end of the Bioblitz, we will see how many species we logged and talk about how increased biodiversity is one of the multiple benefits that green infrastructure can provide to communities like those in the Elysian Valley. Register for the event here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/marsh-park-bioblitz-november-2017-cwh-and-mrca-tickets-39305896996.

Stay tuned for our next Bioblitz in Spring 2018, when we'll share the results from our Bioblitz this fall!

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