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Kings Gap to host BioBlitz in June

Written by Deniz Martinez, Community blogger | May 17, 2012 2:05 AM

BioBlitz at Kings Gap

Saturday 06/02/2012 

9 AM - 5 PM 

Details from the website:

Kings Gap Environmental Education Center and The Western PA Conservancy are pleased to sponsor a BioBlitz at Kings Gap on Saturday, June 2 from 9 am to 5 pm. A BioBlitz brings together educators, volunteers and scientists from various organizations and agencies to see how many species they can count in a 24-hour biological survey. 
The purpose of the BioBlitz is to learn about the biological diversity of an area so it can be properly conserved and managed. Citizens, teachers, local high school students, NGOs and university members are invited to observe, interact and participate in the sampling activities. This will be an opportunity for teachers, adults, children, and teens to join biologists in the field, participate in bona fide research, and learn from experts about inventorying and the importance of biodiversity.

Participation is free but pre-registration is required by May 24 by by calling 717-486-3799.

In addition to the survey, park staff will offer “mini-blitz” programs during the day. These one-hour programs will introduce a wide audience to identification of plants, aquatic macro invertebrates and birds. No registration is required for these free programs which will meet at the Kings Gap Hollow Day Use area at the following times: 
10:30 am “What Bird Do I Hear?” It’s more likely to hear, rather than see, birds of the forest. This easy walk will focus on learning some techniques to identify birds by their calls. 
1:00 pm “Aquatic Macros” Many insects and other creatures live at least part of their lives in water. A short walk to the pond will be followed by collection and identification of what we find. 
2:30 pm “Wildflowers” Use a basic field guide to identify these plants, based on habitat awareness.

Contact phone: 717-486-3799

Contact email: kingsgapsp@pa.gov

 

Published in Nurturing Nature: Connecting Children to Nature in Central PA and Beyond

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