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Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Wild Vizcaya

  • Wild Vizcaya

On February 9 and 10, 2018, Vizcaya welcomed the 3rd Annual Wild Vizcaya, a citizen-science takeover designed for the community to discover Vizcaya’s wild side.

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

Wild Vizcaya first came to Vizcaya in May 2016 as a part of National Geographic’s BioBlitz program. Over 2 days, students, families and adults inventoried wildlife in Vizcaya’s Rockland Hammock, mangrove shore and formal gardens. From lizards 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.

2018 Wild Vizcaya Schedule

School Edition: Friday, February 9, 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
This first session of our Wild Vizcaya series is always reserved for the participation of Miami-Dade County Schools. Teachers interested in participating in Wild Vizcaya 2019 should contact School Programs Manager, Diana Peña by October 31, 2018. Space is extremely limited.
Nocturnal Edition: Friday, February 9, 6 – 10 p.m.
During the nocturnal edition of Wild Vizcaya 2018, families explored the gardens and grounds with local scientists and experts taking night hikes as they searched for bats or black-light tours looking for reptile and amphibian activity or spent time with a screech owl and our friends from Pelican Harbor Seabird Rescue. When they weren’t doing discovering wildlife in nature, they were checking light sheets for insects or participating in a shadow puppet workshop and performance with artist Christina Peterson focused on bridging art and science!

Family Edition: Saturday, February 10, 10 a.m.– 3 p.m.     
On Saturday, February 10, more than 300 families and visitors explored Vizcaya’s gardens and grounds with scientists and experts to identify the kind of wildlife that calls the estate home.  Stations highlighted the Rockland Hammock and Mangrove forests—both critical habitats—as well as birds, insects, aquatic life, reptiles and amphibians, and a scientific illustration station that encouraged participants to draw what they saw and consider how data was documented before cameras or cell phones.