Seacoast Science Center to host Community Science event in Odiorne Point State Park

(Rye, NH) The Seacoast Science Center will hold its 17th annual BioBlitz on Saturday, September 21 from 6:00 a.m-5:00 p.m. BioBlitz is a dawn-to-dusk Community Science event where families can discover the amazing biodiversity of Odiorne Point State Park while helping field experts collect data.

BioBlitz offers exciting opportunities for all ages to gain knowledge and skill in their favorite area of nature. Exploration teams will be birding, searching for insects, snakes and amphibians, exploring the freshwater pond and salt marsh, tracking mammals, identifying plants and seaweeds, tide pooling and more. You can sign up to participate in all or part of the day. 

BioBlitz is a great way to excite children about science and  a rare opportunity to learn from biologists working in the field. Odiorne’s 135 acres and seven distinctly different habitats make it a unique and fascinating place to explore and learn.

Participants are asked to help make this event Zero Waste by packing refillable water bottles and reusable containers. Team  leaders will review how to explore responsibly and leave no trace. We will collect specimens for observation and identification only, to be later returned to their habitat.

Since the first BioBlitz in 2003, the total number of species identified in Odiorne tops 2,300. This extremely valuable catalog serves as a snapshot of the biodiversity of flora and fauna in the region. 

To learn how you can help the Center add to the list, find a detailed schedule, and register visit The event is free for members of the Seacoast Science Center; $10 for non-members; $30 for non-member families (up to 6 people). Contact Emma at 603-436-8043, ext. 17 or for more information or to inquire how groups can get involved.

Bioblitz 2010 at Seacoast Science Center

Scientists, Experts, and Field Naturalists:  The Seacoast Science Center would like to personally invite you to join us for Bioblitz 2010 at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye, NH on Saturday September 18th.  Over the last eight years of Bioblitz, scientists and experts like you have helped us identify over 1,700 species of organisms in 135 acres of Odiorne Point. We need your help to continue our success in monitoring biodiversity on New Hampshire’s seacoast. If you  are unaware of what a bioblitz is all about, it is much like an extreme nature scavenger hunt in which we try to identify as many species as possible in a short amount of time. We have a diversity of habitats to cover which is why we need a diversity of experts to help us identify seaweeds, plankton, birds, beetles, grasses, and much more. The event is a great way to get out of the lab or office and remember what field science is all about! (or experience it for the first time) Feel free to tell your colleagues, students and friends about the event. Food will be provided to registered participants. To sign up for the event, simply follow this link Thank you for supporting environmental education and fostering an understanding of biodiversity by attending Bioblitz 2010.