Anacostia River Bioblitz

Community-driven Record of Our Region's Biodiversity
Anacostia River Bioblitz
Community-driven Record of Our Region's Biodiversity

The Anacostia Watershed is home to an incredible amount of species, and it takes a village to get out there and document them all! A bioblitz is a "Census of the Natural World" where over a short period of time, communities go out and document the species they see. The very first bioblitz was even held right here, at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

Do you want to learn more? You can watch the video at the bottom of this page, or join us for a special online (and family-friendly) Watershed Wednesday Happy Hour on October 14!  Hear from others who have participated through the years and find out about their experiences.

This is an opportunity to explore the natural treasures of your Anacostia River or just your backyard, but more importantly, it will be your opportunity to do citizen science to help us document the biodiversity of the Anacostia River Watershed. The Bioblitz will be a weekend-long event from Thursday to Sunday where you can make your own observations using the iNaturalist app, at your own pace, from anywhere within the Anacostia River Watershed. This is a great opportunity to learn about the identification and ecology of some of the river's fascinating species.

Our main tool is the crowd-sourced (and free!) iNaturalist app (https://www.inaturalist.org/home). Watch this video below about how to use iNaturalist!

How to Use iNaturalist's Photo Uploader from iNaturalist on Vimeo.

Map of Places of Interest

If you're looking to venture from your backyard, we have some spots in the watershed that could use observations!  Check out the map below to learn more:

When you're out there exploring, here are some things to remember to bring:

  • We will be using the iNaturalist app for our documentation and identification. Create an iNaturalist account (click here to sign up), and download the app to your smartphone before you get there.
  • Bring a dry bag or any other waterproofing device to protect your phone in case of rain.
  • Reusable water bottle filled with water
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat and sunglasses
  • Insect repellent
  • Sealable bag, or dry bag if you have one, for your other personal items
  • Closed-toed shoes that can get damp
  • A notebook and pencil to record any other interesting information by the experts.
  • Camera if you are into photography and would like to take higher quality pictures to download later on iNaturalist from your laptop computer.

We recommend you follow our Biodiversity of the Anacostia River project on iNaturalist: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/biodiversity-of-the-anacostia-river

If you have any questions prior to the event, please contact Jorge Bogantes Montero at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 301-699-6204 ext. 118. We look forward to seeing you at our fourth Anacostia River Bioblitz.

Click here for the flyer for 2020's Bioblitz event

Recomendamos que sigas nuestra proyecto de iNaturalist llamado "Biodiversity of the Anacostia River" (Biodiversidad del Río Anacostia): https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/biodiversity-of-the-anacostia-river

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