What does a feather look like under a microscope? What tiny parts does an insect have? What about a leaf, a lichen, or a rock? Join Dr. Dan Levitis, Community Science Coordinator at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park for an evening of microscopic examination. Without digging, harvesting, or removing items from the environment, find natural items near the Visitor Center and look at them through digital microscopes set up on the tables behind the Visitor Center. Free event, RSVP not needed.
We’ll be using iNaturalist to document our findings. If you haven’t used iNaturalist, or haven’t made an observation for a while, this is your chance – just make sure to load the iNaturalist app on your phone before you arrive and that your device is fully charged. Participants of any level of experience or mobility can help find, photograph, and/or identify life in the park.
This event is part of California Biodiversity Day along with others hosted from September 4-12. California Biodiversity Day takes place on September 7th of each year, marking the anniversary of the launch of the California Biodiversity Initiative in 2018. This annual event celebrates our state’s exceptional biodiversity, while also encouraging actions to protect it.