BioBlitz Catalogs Natural Diversity in Chattanooga

Coming up on May 20th and 21st at the Chattanooga Nature Center: BioBlitz 2011.  Organizers say that Bio Blitz is part contest, part festival, part educational event, and part scientific endeavor.  It’s an annual event where scientists, students, teachers and volunteers work together for twenty-four hours non-stop, going out in the woods and identifying as many species as possible.

Listen to the story.

From the Nature Center’s Web site:

This is a 24 hour event. It begins at 3:00pm on May 20, 2011, and concludes at 3:00pm on May 21, 2011.

The Chattanooga Nature Center, Reflection Riding Arboretum & Botanical Garden, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and the Tennessee Aquarium are joining forces to host the fourth annual BioBlitz in Chattanooga. This event is held in many cities across the nation. Chattanooga is one of the first cities in Tennessee to participate. A BioBlitz is part contest, part festival, part educational event, and part scientific endeavor. The Chattanooga BioBlitz brings together scientists and other nature-oriented organizations from across the region in a race against time to see how many species can be counted in a 24-hour biological survey of CNC and Reflection Riding. The public also participates by observing the scientists at work, interacting with them, and participating in educational activities provided by local nature-oriented organizations. The children and adults of our community gain many benefits from this event:

  • Greater understanding of scientists’ work in the field
  • Appreciation for the rich biodiversity of our region
  • Greater knowledge of the interdependence of flora and fauna in our local ecosystem
  • Awareness of human impact on the land and how we can lessen its negative effects

In the three years of conducting the BioBlitz there have been as many as 693 species of plants and animals that were identified through the combined efforts of up to 105 scientists and volunteers. As many as 171 people have attended a variety of educational programs. At Chattanooga BioBlitz 2010, the vascular plant team found a Lesser Yellow Lady slipper flower which is the first record for Hamilton County. You never know what exciting thing will be found by the team of scientists.

We hope that this year will be the best BioBlitz yet!

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