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Wild Vizcaya

  • Wild Vizcaya

On April 21 and 22, 2017, Vizcaya welcomes the 2nd Annual Wild Vizcaya, an official BioBlitz event that invites members of the community to discover Vizcaya’s wild side.

Over the course of 24 hours, students, families and adults will work alongside scientists and experts to identify and inventory the rich diversity of life that calls Vizcaya home.

2017 Wild Vizcaya Schedule

School Edition: Friday, April 21, 9:30 a.m.- 1 p.m.
This event is dedicated for the participation of Miami-Dade County Schools. Teachers interested in getting their class signed up should contact Diana Peña, School Programs Manager, at
Nocturnal Edition: Friday, April 21, 6 - 10 p.m.
Join Vizcaya, and a team of scientists and experts, to help identify the many kinds of nocturnal life in Vizcaya’s preserved habitat by using techniques like "light sheets" to attract insects! Get tickets online now.

BioBlitz: Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.     
Attention children and families! Join Vizcaya, and a team of scientists and experts, to help us find and catalogue the wildlife living at Vizcaya. Learn techniques for exploring, observing, collecting data, and uploading photographs using iNaturalist on your phone or tablet (though it’s not required to participate). Free with museum admission. No tickets necessary.

For more information on any of the above programs, please visit the Calendar of Events or contact Rebecca Peterson, Community Programs Manager, 305-860-8423.

What is a BioBlitz?

BioBlitz was designed by the National Parks Service and National Geographic to encourage citizen-science and environmental awareness. The goal of BioBlitz programs is to catalog as much biodiversity on any given site in a 24-hour period.  

BioBlitz first came to Vizcaya in May 2016. Through 4 separate programs including a late night Nocturnal Edition program as well as an early morning birding session, students, families and adults inventoried wildlife in Vizcaya’s Rockland Hammock, mangrove shore and formal gardens. From iguanas to birds, butterflies and manatees, expert scientists supported citizen scientists to identify more than 200 separate species of wildlife on the east side of Vizcaya’s estate and more than 700 individual observations! Participants added discoveries to iNaturalist, and demonstrated that in the middle of our urban corridor, we are still Wild Vizcaya. To learn more about BioBlitz, click here.