On Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14, 2016, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens invites you to see a new side of its famous Italian-inspired gardens with Wild Vizcaya. Come discover Vizcaya’s wild side in a BioBlitz event sponsored by National Geographic to inventory as much wildlife in the rockland hammock, mangrove shore and formal gardens as we can in 24 hours. From iguanas to birds, butterflies and manatees, come discover Wild Vizcaya with expert scientists! Participants will help the museum add discoveries to iNaturalist, a free app and online social network where you can record what you see in nature and learn about the natural world.
May 13, 2016
Wild Vizcaya: Nocturnal Edition – Starting at 6:00 p.m., guests will explore and catalog the gardens’ nocturnal wildlife while reveling in rare nighttime access to the estate’s gardens and protected habitats. Tickets: $18 Adults; $6 Children.
May 14, 2016
Wild Vizcaya: Bird Edition - The fun continues bright and early on Saturday morning at 6:00 a.m. Dr. John Withey, Principal Investigator at Florida International University’s Department of Biological Sciences, will lead the group on an exclusive expedition in search of feathered inhabitants before the doors of the estate open to the public. Tickets: $18 Adults; $6 Children.
Wild Vizcaya: Family Edition - Later that morning, starting at 9:30 a.m., we will welcome young citizen scientists with activities designed especially for them, including a close look at the property’s bug collection. Tickets: FREE with admission.
What is a BioBlitz?
This very special series is designed to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, as well as Vizcaya’s very own centennial, with the department’s signature event – a BioBlitz. This annual happening encourages members of the community to connect with their environment by becoming citizen scientists and helping to catalogue as many species of animals and plants as possible over a short period of time.
Cataloguing efforts throughout the event will be carried out through the iNaturalist app, which connects directly to an online community where observations can be recorded using photos and GPS coordinates.
The app can also be used to explore locations all over the world and their local specimens.