“Counting species through citizen science”, 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. These events can happen in most any geography—urban, rural, or suburban—in areas as small as a backyard or as large as a country.

During a BioBlitz, apps such as iNaturalist are used to collect photos and information. This data is then available to anyone. The more we know about the plants and animals that live in different areas the better we can look after them.

WAI Wānaka has recently run a BioBlitz in Makarora with the students of the Makarora and Haast Schools.


The next BioBlitz is scheduled for 1st November, during the wao Reset Summit 2020.
If you’re as curious as we are to find out what lives in and around our lake, please join us for a fun day of exploration and learning. For more info, visit:

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