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Second ‘Bioblitz’ Is Sept. 18; What Is A Bioblitz, And Why Does It Matter?

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The urban campus of Rutgers University, is home to about 12,000 students and a few thousand faculty and staff. But the humans aren’t the only inhabitants. The campus is a unique urban wilderness habitat, a hotspot for biodiversity; more than 140 bird species and more than 100 wild plants already have been identified on campus.  Come Sept. 18, the campus hopes to find more by conducting a “BioBlitz,” a sort of census to determine how many plant and animal species share the campus with the humans.

 WHO:  A team of students and faculty from the Rutgers-Newark/New Jersey Institute of Technology Federated Department of Biological Sciences will swarm across the Rutgers campus to count how many different species of plants and animals live here.

 WHAT:  The BioBlitz will include special activities and experts who will answer questions at hourly “field labs,” from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., on the Norman Samuels Plaza in front of John Cotton Dana Library.

 WHEN: Wed., Sept. 18, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (rain date Sept. 25)

 WHERE: Throughout the campus and the Paul Robeson Campus Center, 350 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., at Rutgers University, Newark

 BACKGROUND:  The Sept. 18 BioBlitz has three main goals:

  • Help to raise awareness on campus of how nature actually lives here
  • Help the campus evaluate the value of our urban wilderness and the success of our ongoing urban nature restoration efforts
  • Involve the campus in the fun of looking for plants, insects, spiders, birds and others 

Media contact: Carla Capizzi, capizzi@rutgers.edu