Sponsored by graduate students in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, BioBlitz 2015 engaged dozens of nature lovers and future scientists in a world that goes largely unnoticed by many, but one that is teeming with life if you know where to look.
“[The BioBlitz] is a race against time to record as many species as possible,” said Uzay Sezen, postdoctoral fellow in ecology and evolutionary biology, and one of the organizers of the event.
Over a period of 24 hours, beginning 4 p.m., Friday and concluding the following afternoon, those with a keen eye and an ear attuned to the call of the wild were invited to observe everything from tadpoles to white-tailed deer to insects, ferns, and fungi.
Visitors were able to watch professional scientists as they identified and categorized flora and fauna; and children ages 10 and over took part in a Science Exposé that involved supervised collections in the Hillside Environmental Education Park near North Campus.
Species count (1,181 total):
Algae – 91
Birds – 80
Bryophytes (such as moss) – 42
Fish – 6
Fungi, including lichens – 147
Herps (reptiles, amphibians) – 20
Invertebrates – 43
Insects – 222
Mammals – 24
Spiders – 46
Vascular plants (trees, flowers) – 460
By: Sheila Foran | Story courtesy of UConn Today