Seattle Team Members Participate in a Bioblitz

Seattle Team Members Participate in a Bioblitz

Apr 28, 2018

Seattle Team Members Participate in a Bioblitz

On Saturday, April 28, several Seattle area team members participated in a Bioblitz as part of their local FedEx Cares spring project at the SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve. A Bioblitz is a biological survey of land using smart phones and tablets to document the biodiversity within an area.

Using an app called iNaturalist, team members first learned to take photos of different species and upload them, allowing for identification by crowdsourcing. After learning how to capture detailed images and upload observations in the app, team members began the Bioblitz on the preserve’s Upland Meadows trails and in the peat bog. “It was an amazing day! I loved getting out in nature and really getting to look at it and learn about it! Plus, we got to help an amazing group of people who do amazing things for our environment,” said Jamie Winget, FedEx Trade Networks.

Despite a downpour at times, the team successfully made over 600 species observations. These observations will help the SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve learn more about the organisms within the preserve, as they have limited staffing and an enormous amount of species onsite. SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve’s Executive Director, Isabelle Feraudo commented after the event, “We had a great time with you (FedEx) and were impressed by the heartiness of the FedEx volunteers, not one of whom did I hear complain about the weather.”

This is one of 17 projects in the U.S. being supported by FedEx and the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation for 2018. It is also one of several FedEx Cares projects happening all over the world. Check out #FedExCares on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to see more pictures from other cities.