Scientists and Students Will Work around the Clock to Discover Animals, Plants, and Other Species during Macaulay Honors College BioBlitz at
Hundreds of students from
The 250-acre Botanical Garden was chosen as the location for Macaulay's second annual BioBlitz in part because of its widely varied natural habitats, including the 50-acre
As part of this year's BioBlitz, the students will continue their regional investigation of the bat population, which they began at Macaulay's 2013 BioBlitz in
In addition to bats, the Garden's sprawling grounds provide students with an outstanding opportunity to record hundreds of species and to potentially uncover species that have never been seen before at the Garden.
"The Garden will become an open-air classroom for 24-hours and an opportunity for our students to work side-by-side with some of the most accomplished scientists in the field," said Dr.
The data collected during the BioBlitz will be incorporated in a project that has been underway for many years to document the natural history of the Garden. Any new plant discoveries will become part of a complete inventory of the Garden's spontaneous (that is, native or non-cultivated) plant life, which is being compiled for the first time in 114 years.
"The BioBlitz will be a great opportunity for all involved to take the time to look carefully at organisms in an urban setting and appreciate not just their structural complexity, striking shapes, and colors, but also their resilience in the face of an ever-changing environment," said
Teams will observe, identify and count species, from turtles and lizards to mollusks, bees, spiders, flowering plants, mosses, fungi, and microbes. A comprehensive analysis will be undertaken during the remainder of the year, and preliminary results will be shared in the weeks following the BioBlitz.
Scientists from the Garden, CUNY,
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