Riverside BioBlitz in Ottawa County Parks June 12th

submitted by the West Michigan Tourist Association

GRAND HAVEN, MI – On June 12, Ottawa County Parks will be hosting its first-ever BioBlitz at Riverside Park (from pre-dawn to dusk). This event will bring local scientists and conservation organizations together to work with community members to build an awareness of the biodiversity along the Grand River while collecting monitoring data.

What’s a BioBlitz? A BioBlitz is an event that focuses on finding and identifying as many species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time. At a BioBlitz, scientists, families, students, teachers, and other community members work together to get a snapshot of an area’s biodiversity. 

What will we be documenting? With your help, we will be documenting a variety of species, including:

  • Birds and mammals
  • Reptiles and amphibians
  • Insects and arachnids
  • Plant species and fungi
  • Fish, mussels, and macroinvertebrates
  • Water quality

No experience is needed!

Hikes & Activities

At the BioBlitz we’ll be offering hikes and activities for adults and older children (ages 10+), as well as for families. In addition to the scheduled activities, there will be exhibits available all day.

RSVPs are not required, but we do ask you check in at the registration table on the day of the event. A map of activities will be provided.

Restoration at Riverside Park

The BioBlitz is the capstone of a larger restoration project that was completed in 2020. Learn more about this project: https://news.miottawa.org/riverside-restoration-update/