BioBlitz 2017

Come Experience BioBlitz 2017 at the Cayuga Nature Center!

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Save the Date: Sept 8 & 9, 2017!

Public events at the Cayuga Nature Center:

Friday: 4 pm - 10 pm
Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm

Nature enthusiasts of all ages are invited to the Cayuga Nature Center on Friday and Saturday, September 8-9, during the 2017 SIPS BioBlitz — sponsored by Cornell University and Cayuga Nature Center. The day will include taxon-themed walks, demos, and educational programs for everyone. Teams of scientists will be racing against time to count as many species as they can over a 24-hour period. The public can learn from scientists as they identify and catalog organisms, join the hunt for species, and use the iNaturalist app to upload their sightings to the species list. Admission is free to the Nature Center during the event.

Cornell’s School of Integrative Plant Science and Cayuga Nature Center are teaming together to host the BioBlitz, which is an action-packed day designed as part scientific endeavor, part contest, part environmental festival, and part educational program. Scientists and students from several area universities will be descending on Cayuga Nature Center and nearby Smith Woods to participate in the event.

The Opening Ceremony will begin at 4 pm on Friday, with speeches by Warren Allmon, Director of the Paleontological Research Institution; Christine Smart, Professor of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology and Director of Cornell University’s School of Integrative Plant Science; Elizabeth Thomas, Ulysses, NY, Town Supervisor; Kathryn Boor, Dean of Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; and Chief Samuel George, Cayuga Nation Bear Clan’s Sachem.

At 5 pm on Friday, September 8th, teams of scientists will spread out across the Cayuga Nature Center’s grounds and Smith Woods, one of the few old-growth forests left in the area, to count everything from deer to microbes. Teams grouped by taxon — including birds, fungus, insects, plants, molluscs, amphibians, and arachnids — will be competing to see which team can find the most species in one 24-hour period. Each team will have its headquarters at the Cayuga Nature Center, where the teams will have members on hand to show off their findings and answer questions from the public. During Friday evening, and all-day Saturday, there will be a series of public events for the whole family:

Schedule of Events

Friday September 8th

  • 4:00 pm - Opening Ceremonies
  • 5:00 pm - Start of BioBlitz!
  • 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm - Displays open in Nature Center
  • 5:00 pm - Interesting Fall Insects at the Nature Center
  • 6:00 pm - Snails and Slugs of the Forest
  • 7:00 pm - Nighttime Bat Extravaganza
  • 8:00 pm - Spiders by Flashlight
  • 9:00 pm - Moth Trapping and Nighttime Insects

Saturday September 9th

  • All Day - Taxa Tables displays and information
  • 10:00 am - Native and Non-Native Plants and their Histories
  • 11:00 am - Fungus Among Us Walk
  • 12:00 pm - Animal Feedings
  • 1:00 pm - Fun with Microbiology DNA
  • 2:00 pm - Walk with the Pollinators
  • 3:00 pm - Drone demo: Mapping a Forest from Above
  • 4:00 pm - Feeding Local Birds
  • 5:00 pm - End of 24-hour BioBlitz collecting
  • 6:00 pm - Announcing of Species Tallies

For more information or to offer suggestions, contact Scott LaGreca, BioBlitz Coordinator, at sal66@cornell.edu or 607-255-2777.