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First Upper Delaware BioBlitz coming to Wayne County


June 19, 2013

UPPER DELAWARE REGION — An unusual opportunity to experience the diversity of life on a unique parcel of private property, and to interact with renowned scientists who will travel to Northeastern Wayne County to catalogue those life forms, will occur on June 29 during the first Upper Delaware BioBlitz.

During the event, biologists and volunteers will gather to collect and identify as many living things as possible on a demarcated property in a 24-hour period. The public is invited to experience the results at the host property owned by the Norcross Wildlife Foundation in Starlight, PA.

Teams of researchers will focus on specific categories of life, including aquatic macroinvertebrates, birds, botany, fish, fungi, reptiles and amphibians, invertebrates, mammals, mosses and lichens.

“The event is a way to highlight the richness of the environment in which we play, work and live and to help us see our lives in the context of all the other living things with which we co-exist,” says BioBlitz organizer, Steve Schwartz.

Bring the family from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 29 to view the specimens, talk to the experts and enjoy a tour, all at no charge. Teams and sponsoring organizations will provide information and offer programs on their particular areas of expertise.

Volunteers are still needed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 29 for as little as one to two hours at a time. Duties vary from handing out programs, helping with parking, answering visitor questions, assisting with event tables, monitoring trash and cleaning up the site afterward. Volunteers are also needed to help set up the site on June 27.

Contact volunteer coordinator, Joann Morsch at jomorsch12@verizon.net or 570/798-2530 for details. Visit www.upperdelawarebioblitz.com or www.facebook.com/2013UpperDelawareBioBlitz for additional event information and directions to the site, or email info@upperdelawarebioblitz.com.