April’s Wild River BioBlitz!

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For the month of April 2018 the Bhutan Biodiversity Portal has teamed up with WWF Bhutan  to run the Wild River BioBlitz!

  • Win great prizes. 
  • Learn about Bhutan’s amazing aquatic wildlife.
  • Contribute to Bhutan’s growing repository of biodiversity information.


Upload your photographs of any wildlife you see in and around Bhutan’s rivers:

  • Birds
  • Fish
  • Insects
  • Plants
  • Others


For your chance to win one of:

  • Kaadoo: Explore Bhutan Wilderness (Bhutan’s first wildlife board game!) (3 to be won)
  • Set of five fabulous Bhutan invertebrate field guides (3 to be won)
  • Cool WWF t-shirts and caps

Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:

  • Champion observer – Most number of observations submitted
  • Best find – Rarest/most unusual observation
  • Best photograph

Get involved

  • Register to the Bhutan Biodiversity Portal at www.biodiversity.bt.
  • Select “Contribute” and then “Add observation”. Note, many users find it easier to contribute observations using the Bhutan Biodiversity Portal mobile app.
  • Upload your photograph/s of aquatic wildlife.
  • Select the Aquatic icon under Habitat to ensure you are in the running for the Wild River BioBlitz.
  • Try to identify the species or select the option for an expert to help.
  • Submit your observation.

Further information

For further information please contact Ms. Sangay Dema, Principal Biodiversity Officer at the National Biodiversity Centre, email nbc.moaf@gmail.com or telephone 02 351 417.

More BioBlitzes coming!

Each month between April and June 2018 the Bhutan Biodiversity Portal will run a new BioBlitz with a different theme. Participate in all of them to win great prizes, learn about Bhutan’s biodiversity and contribute to science!

Rules for Wild River BioBlitz

Competition Period – Start and End Time

The April 2018 Wild River BioBlitz will start on 1st April and run until 30th April. Observations must be submitted within this period to be eligible.

Winners will be announced as soon as possible on this website. Winners will be notified using the email address provided upon registering for the Bhutan Biodiversity Portal.

Observations – Eligibility

Observations must be submitted during the competition period.

The Bhutan Biodiversity Portal will accept just about any observation of a living organism. However, we may not accept an observation if we consider it “not suitable” for biodiversity records.

For the protection of wildlife, players are discouraged from disturbing the habitats of any species.

Contributors are also encouraged not to provide the exact location of the observation if the species is deemed threatened or endangered.


Please stay safe and follow these guidelines:

  • Do not use your mobile phone while driving a vehicle.
  • Stand still when you are using your mobile phone.
  • Do not touch wildlife dead, injured or alive unless you are trained to do so.
  • Never feed or lure wildlife with food.
  • Do not disturb wildlife or wildlife habitats such as nests.
  • Give dangerous animals plenty of space.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Wear a hat and sunscreen.
  • Make sure somebody knows where you are at all times.


Prizes will be awarded at the discretion of Bhutan Biodiversity Portal staff in the following categories:

  • Champion observer – Most number of observations submitted
  • Best find – Rarest/most unusual observation
  • Best photograph

A Bhutan Biodiversity Portal user will not be awarded more than one prize. That is, if they are determined, through the rules outlined above, to have won more than one prize category, they will receive the prize that’s total retail value is more expensive, and be deemed ineligible for the other prize(s). The other prize(s) will be awarded to the user(s) who are determined to be next in line.

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