But the BioBlitz events were more than just recording species. They offered a chance for community members to collaborate and learn about nature together. Many participants had never used iNaturalist before, and made friends learning how to use it and identifying species together. At both events, RRAS members handed out materials about creating bird-friendly communities, native Mojave Desert plants, common insects, and local bird guides to the Winchester-Dondero Cultural Center and The Solidarity Fridge.
Casey Fox, a RRAS volunteer and member of the Urban Ecology Network, noted that her favorite part of the BioBlitz was “getting to see people getting excited about finding new organisms” and “the connection that people make while bonding over nature.” Out of the two BioBlitz events, her most memorable discovery was finding greenhouse millipedes in the community garden at Winchester-Dondero Cultural Center, where RRAS has several beds filled with native Mojave Desert plants.
In total, the Winchester-Dondero Cultural Center had 74 new observations uploaded onto iNaturalist and The Solidarity Fridge had 43 new observations uploaded. Check out the links to learn more about what species can be found in urban Las Vegas. And stay tuned to RRAS for more BioBlitz events this fall and winter, where you meet new friends and discover birds, bugs, and more together.