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Learn about nature, biodiversity at the 16th annual BioBlitz
Posted Date: 4/18/2013 4:45 PM

Participants can explore nature and learn about the importance of urban green spaces in biodiversity at the 16th annual BioBlitz on Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27 at Lick Creek Park in College Station.

Families with nature lovers or budding scientists can team up with biologists to count as many plant and animal species as they can during the 24-hour event. Texas A&M researchers will lead several topic-specific hikes:

• How to find and identify species.
• How to use remote monitoring devices.
• How to bait.
• How to safely hunt snakes.
• How to identify wildflowers and plant habitat.
• How to attract and inventory insects.

Hands-on attractions include a butterfly tent, wildlife collections exhibit and a snake collection. Other highlights include bird walks, herp walks, mammal walks, plant walks, insect lighting and child-friendly activities.

Discovery activities will be Friday from 7-9 p.m., and booths will be open Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Children must be accompanied by adults, and dogs must be on a leash.

The event is sponsored by the Texas A&M Student Chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology and the City of College Station. For more information, visit scb.tamu.edu, or contact Carlos De La Torre at scbbioblitz@gmail.com.

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