Citizen Scientists

Citizen Scientists Needed

The Woodstock Land Conservancy in co-operation with the Catskill Center is having a big two day biodiversity event (BioBlitz) at Thorn Preserve in Woodstock on June 10 and 11th. Biologists and naturalist will be going into the field to find and identify mammals, birds, butterflies, mushrooms, frogs, salamanders, turtles, wildflowers, trees, crayfish, caddisflies, stoneflies, bats, moths, animal tracks and scat. They need citizen scientists to accompany them and help take notes and photos. There will be a training session on June 1st at 6PM at Thorn Preserve and another one on June 5th at 11AM Catskill Interpretive Center. If you have a smart phone it will be an added help and if you know how to take a photo with GPS co-ordinates that is even better. Call now to register if you would like to participate. Georgia Asher 845-679-9629.

The idea of the BioBlitz was inspired by the great Harvard biologist and champion of biodivertsity preservation, E.O. Wilson. He says species are going extinct at an alarming rate often before they are even discovered due to factors such as pollution, climate change and the conversion of wildplaces to housing lots, farms, shopping malls, roads, etc. In fact, worldwide, we may be witnessing what amounts to a mass extinction (loss of biodiversity) as great in extent as the one that saw the demise of the non-avian dinosaurs 66 million years ago. In the end this will negatively affect human life as well because we are all interdependent. A step to solving this great problem is to discover and understand the importance of biodiversity.

Crayfish_Thorn2The BioBlitz has as its goals to bring, scientists, naturalists and the public together in a picnic atmosphere to discover and record as many of the living organisms in an area as possible and to understand the network of interrelationships between them. This is both a scientific endeavor where important discoveries are sometimes made and an opportunity for people of all ages from the community to discover the magnificent depth and breadth of nature in their own backyard.

Go to our website to sign up to participate in the Thorn Preserve Biobliltz Friday, June 10th and Saturday, June 11th. If you can commit to being a citizen scientist Call Georgia Asher 845-679-9629


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