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December 02, 2016
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Families have opportunity to interact with scientists at BioBlitz

A child holds a salamander at the 2013 BioBlitz event in Pennsylvania. Kids who love bugs, snakes and other creepy crawley critters will be in their glory at the 2014 BioBlitz in the Town of Tusten, NY on Sunday, June 29.
Contributed photo by Roy Morsch

TUSTEN, NY — The second annual Upper Delaware BioBlitz will take place on Saturday, June 28 and Sunday, June 29. During this weekend event biologists and volunteers will collect and identify as many living things as possible within 24 hours—from 12 noon on Saturday to 12 noon on Sunday—on a demarcated parcel of about 500 acres within the Ten Mile River Scout Camp in the Town of Tusten, Sullivan County.

On Sunday, the public is invited to attend for free, to take part in a variety of educational activities from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the head of Rock Lake on Cochecton Turnpike where the collection base camp tent will be located.

Families can view the specimens collected, meet and talk to scientists of various disciplines, and enjoy a tour of the site to learn how different species live and thrive in the context of the overall property. Teams and sponsoring organizations will provide information and offer educational programs on their particular areas of expertise. Directions and a map are available on the BioBlitz website.

At 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, winners will be announced and prizes awarded in a “Photos of Nature in the Upper Delaware Watershed” photo contest. More than 300 amazing photos were submitted in eight categories: amphibians and reptiles, animals, birds, insects, plants, landscape, people and art photos. [See page 31 in this issue for more details.]

For more information visit www.upperdelawarebioblitz.com or www.facebook.com/UpperDelawareBioBlitz or email info@upperdelawarebioblitz.com.