By Bureau of Land Management

Join the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the United States Forest Service (USFS) in celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument with a free public BioBlitz event, Oct. 23 to 24.

“We are excited to host this first-ever BioBlitz event for the monument,” said Dani Ortiz, manager for the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument. “Our focus is on encouraging the enjoyment of public lands while promoting volunteerism and commemorating 20 years of stewardship, enhanced recreation and conservation in the monument.”

The BioBlitz event will take place over a 24-hour period starting noon Friday, Oct. 23 and ending noon Saturday, Oct. 24. People of all ages are invited to participate by using the free iNaturalist smartphone app to identify as many species of plants, animals and other organisms as possible along designated National Monument trails. The BLM and USFS will encourage participants to follow the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The goal of the free BioBlitz event is to give members of the public an opportunity to experience the National Monument’s unique biological value and natural habitats consisting of deserts, foothills and mountains while also contributing to genuine scientific research. The data gathered by the public will be used by the BLM and USFS staff to better understand the types and locations of species within the monument.

For additional details and to register for the BioBlitz event, visit In honor of National Public Lands Day, the first 50 participants to register will receive a 2020 National Public Lands Day shirt. For more information, contact Tracy Albrecht, Interpretive Specialist, Bureau of Land Management by email, [email protected] or call 760-833-7127.