California Biodiversity Day 2022

California Biodiversity Day takes place on September 7th of each year, marking the anniversary of the launch of the California Biodiversity Initiative in 2018. This annual event celebrates our state’s exceptional biodiversity, while also encouraging actions to protect it. This year, we are excited to have many partners joining us to host California Biodiversity Day events from September 3 to September 11.

This year we are also celebrating the release of California’s Pathways to 30x30 strategy as part Governor Newsom’s Nature Based Solutions Executive Order N-82-20, elevating the role of natural and working lands in the fight against climate change and advancing biodiversity conservation as an administration priority. 

30 x 30 logoWe encourage anyone interested in taking part in Biodiversity Day 2022 to take part in the “Find 30 Species for CA 30x30” challenge. Participating is easy! 1. Join this project. 2. Download the iNaturalist app on your phone. 3. During CA Biodiversity Week, find and photograph at least 30 wild species in California. Your observations will automatically end up in this project! Your observations of plants, animals, fungi, and other species in California will help inform the California 30x30 initiative, to conserve 30% of California's lands and coastal waters by 2030. Go out and explore your neighborhood or local park, take a hike or explore the coast, or join in one of the many CA Biodiversity Week events being held across the state!

Bioblitz along Gaviota Coast
Happy California Biodiversity Day! To celebrate the amazing biodiversity of California, we encourage you to discover, identify, and record your observations of the biodiversity found along the Gaviota Coast State Parks (Gaviota State Park, Refugio State Beach, and El Capitan State Beach). Did you spot a really cool plant or animal? How about that insect! Take a picture and upload your incredible findings to iNaturalist from September 3rd to 11th.

Palomar Mountain State Park Coloring Contest
In celebration of Biodiversity Days 2022, we are hosting a COLORING CONTEST! Contestants will be tasked with submitting their version of the Palomar Mountain State Park Doane Pond Coloring Page. Color sheet and rules are at the link above.

BioBlitz Competition Prairie Creek VS Humboldt Year 3!
BioBlitz Competition between Prairie Creek Redwoods vs Humboldt Redwoods State Parks. Which park will catalogue the most plants and wildlife using the iNaturalist app? And which person will record the most organisms overall? The BioBlitz starts on Sunday (September 4) through Saturday (September 10). Follow us on Facebook at @HumboldRedwoodsStatePark and @NorthCoastRedwoods and Instagram at @HumboldRedwoodsStatePark.

Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Preserve
Mono Lake Regional BioBlitz! Observe and record as many species as you can to celebrate California Biodiversity Day! It's a do-it-yourself BioBlitz for the greater Mono Lake area, including Lee Vining Canyon & Lundy Canyon. You will need a smartphone with the iNaturalist app installed (or you can use a camera and upload to iNaturalist on your home computer afterwards). Make observations of plants and animals, including signs of life such as nests, scat, tracks, etc.

Nimbus Fish Hatchery Coloring Contest
In celebration of Biodiversity Week—the second week of September 2022—we are hosting a COLORING CONTEST for children between the ages of 4-12! Directions available for download HERE. Coloring page available for download HERE.

Chino Hills State Park Guided Biodiversity Hike

9-11AM
Join us at the Chino Hills State Park Discovery Center for a program and guided hike exploring the vast biodiversity of our 14000 acres of park land. Identification guides and binoculars will be provided. Day use parking fees are required.

Angel Island State Park Guided Bird Walk
10:30AM – 12PM
Join us on a relaxed guided bird walk around Ayala Cove on Angel Island! We’ll identify birds by sight and sound and will observe and learn about their behaviors and the biodiversity necessary for them to thrive. Bring your binoculars and a sense of wonder (we may also have a few sets of binoculars to loan if needed). Meet at 10:30 at the Welcome sign at the ferry dock on Angel Island. This tour is about .5 miles and is wheelchair accessible. Find ferry information at www.goldengate.org/ferry/angel-island-ferry/ (from SF) or www.angelislandferry.com (from Tiburon). Questions or RSVPs can be sent to tours.angelisland@parks.ca.gov.

Palomar Mountain State Park BioBlitz Kick-Off - How to Use iNaturalist and Seek
12PM
Watch it on our Instagram or Facebook! @palomarmountainsp

Have you ever been out on the trail and saw a plant or critter you’ve never seen before, but you just HAD to know what it was? That’s where iNaturalist comes in. iNaturalist is a fantastic app available for both iPhone and Android that allows you to upload photos of plants and animals, identify species, share your findings with other naturalists, and contribute to citizen science projects! Kids can participate too with a special version of iNaturalist called 'Seek' that does not collect their personal data.

This short 5-minute video will show you on how to download iNaturalist and start using it immediately to upload your findings and explore the incredible biodiversity of our region as seen through the eyes of naturalists like you.

Half Moon Bay State Beach Junior Rangers Program
1:30-2:30PM
This 1-hour program for 7-to-12-year old’s teaches about the importance of nature and our coastal heritage through exploration, games and various activities. Become a Junior Ranger and earn prizes while learning how to protect the ocean! Meet at the Campfire Center. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (650) 726-8814.More information here.

Yolo Basin Foundation City of Davis Wetland Tour
3-5PM
Join a Yolo Basin Foundation docent for a guided tour of the City of Davis Wetlands on Saturday, September 3, from 3 – 5 pm. The tour is appropriate for all levels of outdoor enthusiasts and birders. This is a driving tour on gravel roads with several stops and an occasional, optional short walk. Bring your own binoculars if you have them. Some binoculars will be available to borrow. Pets are not allowed.

Pre-registration for each individual is required. The tour is limited to 30 people. Click the link above and scroll to the Tours of the City of Davis Wetland section for more information and to register for the September 3rd tour. By registering, you are agreeing to follow current health and safety protocols. Social distancing practices will be in place when walking and stopping to view wildlife.

El Capitan State Beach Campfire Program
8PM
Join us at El Capitan State Beach to discover the biodiversity of the Gaviota Coast. On Saturday, September 3rd at 8:00pm, a campfire program will highlight our latest Bioblitz and we will share about the incredible diversity of our coastline.

Guided tour of Tule River Parkway Native Plant Demonstration Gardens at 9 am and native narrowleaf milkweed giveaway at 10 am.
9-11AM
Come out and join us for a guided tour of the 18 Native Plant Demonstration Gardens along the Tule River Parkway in Porterville California on Sunday September 4th.  Meet us in the parking lot west of the Jaye Street Tule River Bridge. The gardens and restoration areas have been designed planted and maintained by volunteers within a city park. Narrowleaf Milkweed will be available at 10 am to anyone able to plant it at their residence. Tule River Parkway Association is always looking for new members and garden volunteers. The Gardens are open to the public everyday between sunrise and sunset.

Chino Hills State Park Self-Guided Biodiversity Day Hike
9AM-4PM
Join us at the Chino Hills State Park Discovery Center and pick up a guided hike booklet to take your own hike and explore the more than 90 miles of trails and 14000 acres of park land.  Feel free to take photos and we will have staff on site to ID any photos taken during your hike. Day use parking fees are required.

CDFW Conservation Lecture Series: 30x30 and Community Science
1-2:30PM
Join California Natural Resources Agency Deputy Secretary for Biodiversity and Habitat Jennifer Norris for a conversation with community science champions to learn more about how we can work together to achieve California’s 30x30 goal. Jennifer will be joined by Jose Esparza, the Community Science Coordinator with the California Native Plant Society, Rebecca Johnson, Co-Director of the Center for Biodiversity and Community Science with the California Academy of Sciences, Miguel Ordeñana, Senior Manager of Community Science with the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum, and Merav Vonshak, founder of the BioBlitz Club.

Native Milkweeds and Biodiversity featuring biologist Mary Duffy
9AM
Join us @cuyamacaranchosp Facebook and Instagram as biologist Mary Duffy discusses how native milkweed plants help support biodiversity and how they can be used in native gardens throughout San Diego County.

Crystal Cove State Park Guided Biodiversity Hike
9-10AM
Start the day off right in Crystal Cove State Park's beautiful backcountry with a guided Biodiversity Day hike! Join a park naturalist at 9am on Wednesday 9/7 for an easy 1/2 mile-in and 1/2 mile-out adventure down Moro Canyon and back. We'll be stopping to admire the diversity of plant and animal species that make Crystal Cove State Park such a wonderful place to explore! - Meet at the Berns Amphitheater - Pacific Coast Highway inland at the stoplight "School/StatePark" - $15 day-use fee

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve - BioBlitz and Weed Bash
9AM - 12PM
Join park staff and volunteer docents for a combination BioBlitz and Weed Bash! To celebrate California Biodiversity Day on September 7th, we'll be counting species and pulling weeds as we walk the trails of iconic Point Lobos SNR. Trail Walk: Enjoy a walk around Point Lobos State Natural Reserve! We'll split into small groups and each cover a different part of the reserve. Walks will be about two hours at a leisurely pace with plenty of stops along the way. Each group will be guided by Parks Staff and/or a Volunteer Docent. Mileage and routes will vary between groups. BioBlitz: Support community science! As we walk the trails, we'll identify and log the different species that we see. Learn how to use the "iNaturalist" app on your smartphone to identify species and record biodiversity. Parks staff will teach you everything you need to know about using iNaturalist and participating in a BioBlitz. Please download the app ahead of time, as cellular reception is limited and wi-fi will not be available.Weed Bash: Support efforts to promote biodiversity at Point Lobos by joining the Native Plant Patrol! Non-native, invasive plants reduce biodiversity by crowding out the native plants that form the basis of our local ecosystem. As we walk the trails, we'll be pulling out some of the sneaky invasive weeds that use the trail system to spread around the reserve. Logistics: Meet at 9am on Wednesday, September 7th at the Piney Woods parking lot in Point Lobos State Natural Reserve. Wear sturdy shoes and bring sunscreen, water, an extra layer, and a smartphone with iNaturalist. All other tools and training will be provided. Day use fee is $10. Please RSVP to Samuel.Winter@Parks.ca.gov

Montaña de Oro State Park Guided walk in Montaña de Oro on the Bluff Trail
10-11AM
Join us for a guided walk in Montaña de Oro on the Bluff Trail where we’ll discuss how State Parks is restoring the Bluff Trail. We’ll discuss invasive weed management strategies, collection of native seed, and planting native seed/stock.  If we’re lucky, we’ll also see and discuss snakes! Wear closed toed sturdy shoes and dress in layers for the coast. Bring water and binoculars, if you have them. The group will meet at the north Bluff Trailhead in Montaña De Oro State Park, located adjacent to the Valencia Peak trailhead, just 200 yards south of Spooner Ranch house.  1 hours; 2 miles of flat walking. Parking is free.

San Diego Natural History Museum (The Nat) Community Science
11:30AM-12:30PM
In California we have so such an incredible diversity of plants and aniamls that it takes an entire week to celebrate California Biodiversity Day!

Join us on Thursday, September 8 to learn how to use iNaturalist, a community science tool that helps us all better understand the plants and animals we share space with. Meet in the Nat's atrium at 11:30AM. We will learn how to use the free iNaturalist app (we suggest downloading it in advance) and practice with a quick observation walk around the museum. This event is included with museum admission.

You could even turn the week into a California roadtrip and participate in events across the state!

Andrew Molera State Park Bioblitz
1:00-3:00PM
Join park interpretive staff to help celebrate biodiversity day on a guided walk through riparian habitat of Big Sur to the beach and the river mouth. Learn how to use iNaturalist and Seek apps on your smartphone to identify species and see who can log the most. Please download the apps ahead of time, as there may be limited reception at the park. Meet at the entrance kiosk in the Andrew Molera State Park parking lot. Wear layers, and sturdy shoes that can get wet, and bring water for this two mile round-trip hike. Day Use Fees are $10 per vehicle.

California Biodiversity Network Celebrating CA Biodiversity Week with Dr. Erika Zavaleta
1:30-3PM

The California Biodiversity Network will host a webinar with UC Santa Cruz Professor Dr. Erika Zavaleta. Erika is a noted conservation and restoration ecologist, and the founder of several outstanding programs training a diverse new generation of students in field sciences and conservation. She is also a member of the CA Fish and Game Commission. Erika will share her reflections on 30x30, followed by an update from the California Biodiversity Network Steering Committee on the activities of the Network and the various roundtables.

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve - Guided Biodiversity Hike along the Bird Island Trail

10-11:30AM
Join State Park Interpreter Alec Knapp for a guided hike along the Bird Island Trail to explore its stunning scenery and plethora of species on Friday, September 9th from 10-11:30am. As part of California Biodiversity Week, we will utilize the app "iNaturalist" to record as many species as possible on the hike in efforts to support community science. Please download the app ahead of time as cellular reception is limited and wi-fi will not be available. Hike distance is ~1 mile, meet at the Bird Island Picnic Area. Bring sunscreen, water, and an extra layer. Day use fee is $10.

A celebration of the biodiversity in Mendocino County at Russian Gulch State Park Recreation Hall
3-5PM
Everyone is welcome to join us for a celebration of the biodiversity in Mendocino County. It will be informative and fun, with live music. Please note a day use fee will apply for guests without a valid park pass.

Crissy Field and Beach Happy Hour BioBlitz for California Biodiversity Week
4-7PM
Join the California Academy of Sciences in our celebration of California Biodiversity Week! Together we'll try to find and document (using the iNaturalist app) all the species we can in and around Crissy Field and Beach in the Presidio of San Francisco – and enjoy some snacks and drinks together afterward! Be sure to register (for free) so we know you're joining us!

Micro Environments and Biodiversity in Cuyamaca featuring environmental scientist John Lovio
6-8PM
What does a feather look like under a microscope? What tiny parts does an insect have? What about a leaf, a lichen, or a rock? Join Dr. Dan Levitis, Community Science Coordinator from 6-8 p.m. for an evening of microscopic examination. Without digging, harvesting, or removing items from the environment, find natural items near the Visitor Center and look at them through digital microscopes set up on the tables behind the Visitor Center. This is a free event, RSVP not needed. We’ll be using iNaturalist to document our findings. If you haven’t used iNaturalist, or haven’t made an observation for a while, this is your chance – just make sure to load the iNaturalist app on your phone before you arrive and that your device is fully charged. Participants of any level of experience or mobility can help find, photograph, and/or identify life in the park. More information here. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram at @sugarloafpark and Twitter at @SugarloafRidge.

Cuyamaca Rancho State Park - The Birds of Cuyamaca
9AM
Join environmental scientist John Lovio on a walk around the Stonewall Mine area as he points out he birds that call this area home. Learn some of the common birds and there sounds along wiht listening and looking for migrants on their way to their winter homes. Meet at Stonewall Mine Parking. There is a $10 day use fee.

Fairview Park Alliance Restoration Event
9-11AM
Join Fairview Park Alliance to continue their efforts to remove nonnative plants in Fairview Park, Costa Mesa. We will meet at the grassy area in Fairview Park (2525 Placentia Ave., Costa Mesa). Tools and gloves will be provided. We will remove nonnatives in preparation for future native planting. We recommend wearing long pants, long-sleeved shirt, and closed-toed shoes. Don't forget your water bottle! Student Service Hours Are Available. Hope to see you there!

BioBlitz at Shady Oaks Park in San Jose
9-11am
Parks are amazing and wonderful green space full of living things. Just using your phone, help us discover them! Located in the southern part of San Jose, Shady Oaks Park is a safe haven for many species of plants and animals right along Coyote Creek. Join Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful and BioBlitz.club in cataloging and documenting all of the living things that reside there. We will have experts in various fields to help guide participants through all the cool plants and wildlife. The best part? All you need to participate is a smart phone with the iNaturalist app! So bring your family and prepare for an in-depth tour of this great park. *Community service hours available* *Provide KCCB with the completed City of San Jose Waiver prior to the event. No waiver, no participation. *Follow current County requirements. Since this event has a mix of vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals, wearing a mask and keeping 6ft social distance when possible is required. We will not provide masks. Also if you feel ill on the day of the event, you agree that you will not attend. Supported by Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful donors and City of San Jose Parks Recreation & Neighborhood Services

Pepperwood Preserve Hike and BioBlitz using iNaturalist
9AM-1PM
Join us for fun, exercise, and learning! Explore Pepperwood’s forests and grasslands as you learn about animals, plants, natural history, and the ecological stewardship of our 3,200 acre preserve. We will be celebrating the incredible biodiversity of our state with a “bioblitz” during this hike – an effort to find and identify as many species as we can. We will be using iNaturalist to document our observations, adding to a robust set of data which conservation leaders can use to better understand and protect the living things in our beautiful state. This is a moderate to strenuous hike of 3-4 miles, over varied and hilly terrain including uneven surfaces.

Nimbus Fish Hatchery – iNaturalist Scavenger Hunt
10AM-12:30PM
Join us at the Nimbus Fish Hatchery for a guided walk along the river trail and down the bike path to the base of the new fish ladder to identify new and some familiar species of plants and animals, using iNaturalist. This tour is appropriate for all levels of hikers. Service animals only please. Please bring your own binoculars or spoting scope to help id birds we meet along the way.

Biodiversity Showcase at Doane Pond in Palomar Mountain State Park with Special Guest!
10AM - 2 PM
Join us at Doane Pond for a showcase of Palomar Mountain State Park’s AMAZING Biodiversity! Come for games, prizes, fun facts, brochures and handouts, and get advice on the best places to see plants and animals in the park. PLUS, a chance to meet a member of our Environmental Sciences Staff!
Park at the Doane Pond parking lot. Parking fee is $10 at the Park Headquarters with cash or card, or at the nearby Self Pay Station with CASH ONLY.

Humboldt Redwoods State Park - Exploring Redwoods and the Creek Field Day
10AM-2PM
Join us at the Tall Trees Grove from 10 Am to 2PM to explore the redwoods and the creek with Humboldt Redwoods State Park naturalists.

Guided Tidepool Walk at Natural Bridges State Beach
4-5:30PM
Explore our spectacular tidepools on this 1.5 hour guided tour with a State Park Interpreter. Meet at the Natural Bridges Visitor Center for a short talk about the life in the tidepools then join us for a guided exploration of amazing diversity of species in the tidepools. Bring layered clothing and good walking shoes. Day use fee for vehicles is $10. For more information, please call (831) 423-0871.

Biodiversity Campfire Program at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
7:00 PM
Get a glimpse into the species of Big Sur through a photo showing of what visitors have logged in the iNaturalist app. Learn how you can be involved in helping scientists and park staff through community science participation. Meet at the Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Campfire Center near Day Use Lot #1 for this one hour program. Wear warm clothes and bring marshmallows if you would like to roast them after the show.

Guided Tidepool Walk at Natural Bridges State Beach
5:30-7 PM
Explore our spectacular tidepools on this 1.5 hour guided tour with a State Park Interpreter. Meet at the Natural Bridges Visitor Center for a short talk about the life in the tidepools then join us for a guided exploration of amazing diversity of species in the tidepools. Bring layered clothing and good walking shoes. Day use fee for vehicles is $10. For more information, please call (831) 423-0871.