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Friday, May 29, 2009

Austin Dam BioBlitz Continues All Night Friday and Saturday Until 3:00 PM

BioBlitz’ Moves Into Night Shift;
Public Welcome

bioblitzshearhauberAnyone with an interest in science is encouraged to attend “BioBlitz,” which continues through the night and into Saturday afternoon at the Austin Dam Memorial Park.

About three dozen scientists and environmental authorities, several of them known worldwide, are participating in an educational experience involving area students and other members of the community.

It’s an event to identify as many species of life as possible in a highly engaging 30-hour period, designed to spark the interest of local school students and other citizens in the fascinating world of science.

Among today’s participants were Potter County natives Dr. William Shear, left, who located a wide variety of spiders; and David Hauber, right, who captured and banded several species of birds.

bioblitz2009-034Bioblitz kicked off Friday morning with field trips, workshops and scientific collection. Herpetologists were particularly pleased with the variety of species they were able to find and show to school students, who posed here with some of the organizers at the base of the Austin Dam ruins.

Friday night’s schedule, open the the public, includes sonic monitoring of birds and bats with electronic equipment, owl-calling, moth studies and more activities. BioBlitz concludes at 3 pm on Saturday.

Among participants are: Dr. Brady Porter, a noted zoologist from Duquesne University who has studied native fishes in Potter County; David LaPuma, who is conducting important bird research; small mammal authority Dr. Kyle Selcer, and botanist Bonnie Isaac.

Bill Powers, an expert on motion-driven photography, recently set up more than two dozen sophisticated cameras in the Freeman Run valley. Tonight, he’ll be sharing the discoveries he has made in the dark.

Authorities on herpetology, birds, forestry, conservation and other specialties are also attending.

bioblitztoads1Some of the specimens found in the park have been put on display under the main tent, including these two amphibians who appeared anxious to return to their natural environment.

They were joined by snakes, spiders, moths and other species collected during BioBlitz.

Those attending should use the Austin Dam Memorial Park entrance located off Rt. 872, north of the dam ruins.

Additional information on BioBlitz is available on a website, http://austindambioblitz.blogspot.com.

5 comments :

Anonymous said...

Well, my friends, the time has come
To raise the dam and have some fun
Looking for critters is being done
Let the music play on....
Everybody sing, everybody dance
Find a bug in someone’s pants
We're going to biobliz forever
Come on and sing along!

Bioblitz all night long
All night
Bioblitz all night long
All night
Bioblitz all night long
All night
Bioblitz all night long!

Yeah, once you get started you can't sit down
Come join the fun, there’s spiders on the ground
Everyone's bioblitzing their troubles away
Come join our quest, See what we find!

Tam bo li de say de moi ya
Hey Bio, Bio
Way to biblitz o we goin'
Oh, look that way
Tam bo li de say de moi ya
Yeah, Bio, Bio

Oh, O, O, O, yes
We're going to have a Bioblitz!

Bioblitz all night long
All night
Bioblitz all night long
All night
Bioblitz all night long
All night
Bioblitz all night long!

Everyone you meet
They're bioblitzing around their feet
All night long! (All night)
Yeah, I said, (All night)
Everyone you meet (All night)
They're bioblitzing around their feet
All night long! (All night)
Bioblitz! Bioblitz! (All night)

Lionel Dildine

Anonymous said...

nice tune!
I wish I could be there.

Anonymous said...

that's a big toad. I had one like that in front of my house last night. what is it?

Anonymous said...

how many species have they identified already? I bet at least 1,453.

Anonymous said...

how many species did they identify? I must know.