Bio-Blitz Planned In June

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UNION COUNTY – Beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 11, Union County will be offering residents an opportunity to get up-close and personal with wildlife in their own “backyard” during Bio-Blitz 2010. The event will have teams of wildlife specialists and scientists scouring a three-park study site in search of plants and animals over a 24-hour period.

Expert and amateur scientists and naturalists are being sought to participate as team members. To register or to receive a brochure and application, call 1-908-789-3209. When calling, specify your level of experience and team preference.

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Plant, fungi, insect, fish, bird, mammal, amphibian and reptile, and water monitoring experts (along with amateur naturalists) will collect and identify species from in and around the Clark Reservoir and Esposito Park in the Township of Clark and Milton Lake Park in the City of Rahway. Teams will return to Bio-Blitz Central, an outdoor field lab and exhibit space, to sort and count what they find. Sampling methods will differ depending on the team and the organisms being sought.

The primary purpose of the Bio-Blitz is to gain a “snapshot” of the biodiversity (or richness of species) in the 232+ – acre Union County parkland. Another important goal of the event is to raise public awareness of the importance of these urban wildlife areas and parks. Although the study site is surrounded by urban/suburban development, it is home to many plants and animals.

Nature-related programming will be offered throughout the event free to all and will include evening programs from 6:00 to 11:00 p.m. on Friday and from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.


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