Scientists schedule 24-hour biodiversity count at Nature Center

Scientists schedule 24-hour biodiversity count at Nature Center

May 20th, 2011 by Staff Report in Chattnow Art

IF YOU GO

What: Fourth annual BioBlitz.

When: 3 p.m. today-3 p.m. Saturday. Public events 3:30-11 p.m. today, 7:30-2 p.m. Saturday.

Where: Chattanooga Nature Center and Reflection Riding Arboretum & Botanical Garden, 400 Garden Road.

Admission: Free.

Phone: 821-1160.

Website: www.chattanooganaturecenter.org


SCHEDULE

(Subject to change)

Today

* 3:30 p.m. Dusk bird banding (picnic rocks)

* 8:30 p.m. Night Hike/Frog Calling (meet on back porch, maximum 20)

* 9:30 p.m. Owl Prowl (meet on ramp in front of building)

* Ongoing. Black Lighting for Insects

* 11 p.m. Park closes

Saturday

* All day. Mist-netting station for birds

* 7:30 a.m. Bird Walk

* 8:30 a.m. Pond Romp and Stomp

* 9 a.m. Tree Walk

* 9:30 a.m. Nature Games (meet on back lawn)

* 9:30 a.m. Aquatic Invertebrates (ongoing in auditorium)

* 10:30 a.m. Pond Romp and Stomp

* 11 a.m. Fungus Walk

* 11:30 a.m. Aquatic Invertebrates (ongoing in auditorium)

* Noon. Owl Program (meet on picnic rocks or back porch)

* 12:30 p.m. Nature Games (meet on back lawn)

* 1 p.m. Reptile/Amphibian Program (meet on picnic rocks)

* 2 p.m. Goin' Batty! (library or back porch)

There's a fungus among us, and participants in this year's BioBlitz can help track it down.

The Fungus Walk is scheduled at 11 a.m. Saturday as one of the public activities in this fourth annual event, which runs from 3 p.m. today to 3 p.m. Saturday.

According to organizers, BioBlitz is part contest, part festival, part educational event and part scientific endeavor.

Public interaction is welcome as scientists and other nature-oriented professionals race against time to see how many species can be counted in a 24-hour biological survey of the Chattanooga Nature Center and Reflection Riding Arboretum & Botanical Garden. Also taking part are the Tennessee Aquarium and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Visitors can observe the scientists at work, interact with them and participate in several educational activities. This all-ages adventure gives participants a greater understanding of scientists' work in the field, an appreciation for the rich biodiversity of the region, greater knowledge of the flora and fauna in the local ecosystem and awareness of the human impact on the land and how to lessen its negative effects.