BioBlitz set for May 19 at Anna Page Park

The first-ever free BioBlitz Day of Discovery, for ages 8 and older, is set for 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Saturday, May 19, at Anna Page Park

A BioBlitz is a scientific race against time, measuring the diversity of life to be found in a defined area. The more diverse the living organisms, the greater the quality of the habitat.

Participate all day or for part of this exciting program, as participants send scientist and citizen assistants out in the field to identify and count as many different life forms as possible.

BioBlitz session topics include the following: Aquatic Critters, Birds, Fungi, Insects, Plants, and Trees/ Shrubs.

Nature activities, separate from the fieldwork sessions, will also be held throughout the day. Field team workers must be at least 8 years old and must register to participate in one or more of the sessions. An adult must accompany children younger than 14. While helpful, no prior experience or scientific knowledge is required; just a good curiosity is all that is needed. The day will conclude with a report of the day’s findings at 5 p.m.

To register, go to Registration, which is free, began March 15. Space is limited, and advance registration is encouraged.

BioBlitz 2007 is sponsored by the Four Rivers Environmental Coalition and Rockford Park District, and is supported by grants from the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois and the Illinois Environmental Education Association.

from the May 16-22, 2007, issue

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