RYE —The Seacoast Science Center will hold its 17th annual BioBlitz on Sat., September 21 from 6:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. BioBlitz is a dawn-to-dusk Community Science event where families can discover the amazing biodiversity of Odiorne Point State Park while helping field experts collect data.
BioBlitz offers exciting opportunities for all ages to gain knowledge and skill in their favorite area of nature. Exploration teams will be birding, searching for insects, snakes and amphibians, exploring the freshwater pond and salt marsh, tracking mammals, identifying plants and seaweeds, tide pooling and more. You can sign up to participate in all or part of the day.
BioBlitz is a great way to excite children about science and a rare opportunity to learn from biologists working in the field. Odiorne’s 135 acres and seven distinctly different habitats make it a unique and fascinating place to explore and learn.
If you are not up for scouring the park, there is still plenty to explore in the Center’s Gregg Interactive Learning Studio. There, you will see samples of species collected by naturalists and learn about the identification process. You’ll see amazing images on the big-screens, observe insects through microscopes, see samples of seaweeds and fungi, and connect with many spirited nature-lovers.
A squid dissection session will be offered at 3:00 p.m., giving participants the opportunity to learn about squid’s fascinating anatomy and physiology, hands-on. There is a $5.00 fee for squid dissection; sign up when you register.
Participants are asked to help make this event Zero Waste by packing refillable water bottles and reusable containers. Team leaders will review how to explore responsibly and leave no trace. We will collect specimens for observation and identification only, to be later returned to their habitat.
Since the first BioBlitz in 2003, the total number of species identified in Odiorne tops 2,300. This extremely valuable catalog serves as a snapshot of the biodiversity of flora and fauna in the region.
To learn how you can help the Center add to the list, find a detailed schedule, and register visit www.seacoastsciencecenter.org. The event is free for members of the Seacoast Science Center; $10.00 for non-members; $30.00 for non-member families (up to 6 people). Contact Emma at 603-436-8043, ext. 17 or email@example.com for more information or to inquire how groups can get involved.