June 22, 2014

Adirondack Interpretive Center to host 2014 BioBlitz

NEWCOMB — The 2014 BioBlitz will be held at the Adirondack Interpretive Center on June 29.

BioBlitz is a rapid inventory of organisms — common or rare, large or small, in a defined area, a press release states.

Participants will learn where to look for species and how to identify them from statewide experts while participating in a scientific inventory that will help track the health of the natural environment.

The event will feature a public lecture at 4 p.m. by entomologist Dr. Sam Droege from the U.S. Geological Survey Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. Droege is a world-renowned bee expert with particular interest in macro-photography of the insects, according to the release.

The free day of field trips and events, from mushroom identification to salamander sleuthing, is open to people of all ages.

Children will have the chance to go on a naturalist scavenger hunt around the Interpretive Center, while older children and adults can join teams of experts heading out into the surrounding area to sample different groups of organisms. Join a Master Gardener to learn about plants that attract native pollinators. 

No experience is necessary; just come to the Adirondack Interpretive Center, choose the team that interests you, and join. 

Activities start at 8:30 a.m.

The Adirondack All-Taxa Biodiversity Inventory (ATBI), a collaborative group of professional and citizen-scientists from across the region, has hosted BioBlitzes in the Adirondacks for seven years to survey the natural world.

The ATBI helps people learn more about the diversity of life in the Adirondack Park.

“As a co-founding partner of the ATBI, SUNY ESF’s Newcomb Campus is pleased to host this year’s BioBlitz,” said Stacy McNulty, associate director of the Adirondack Ecological Center. “It’s a thrill to watch young people mixing with expert naturalists — such excitement is in the air.” 

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