Press Release

For Immediate Release: March 27, 2015

Experts and Knowledgeable Amateurs Needed for a Nature “Blitz”

Union County NJ Bio-Blitz

This exotic looking caterpillar makes its home in Union County (credit: Hadel Go).

Union County, NJ – A chilly, windy spring will eventually give way to warmer weather, so plans are already way for the annual Union County Bio-Blitz in June. Bio-Blitz is a 24-hour, ‘round the clock nature survey that provides a snapshot of wildlife and plant life in County parks, with the generous help of volunteer scientists and naturalists.

“Whether you are a professional or a seasoned amateur, you are welcome to join a field team and help us assess the flora and fauna that enrich our County parks,” said Freeholder Chairman Mohamed S. Jalloh. “Bio-Blitz provides a window into the amazing diversity that exists side-by-side with thousands of County residents.”

Scientists and naturalists are needed to help sample, observe, identify, and record the plant and animal species, including fungi and insects, that make their homes in Union County parks.

Bio-Blitz takes place in a different location each year. This year’s Bio-Blitz, scheduled for June 12 and 13, will take place within more than 2,000 acres of forests, fields, wetlands, streams, and lakes in the Watchung Reservation.

“Watchung is by far our largest — and wildest — park, so this year’s Bio-Blitz promises to be both interesting and challenging for our volunteers,” said Jalloh. “If you are a professional scientist or a knowledgeable amateur, you can register to join one of our field teams online at ucnj.org/bio-blitz/expert.”

In addition to the scientific surveys, Bio-Blitz includes exhibits, displays, and free public walk-in activities for children and adults. Information on this year’s public walk-in activities will be available soon.

For more information about joining Bio-Blitz as a scientist or knowledgeable amateur, or to reserve an exhibit table, visit ucnj.org/bio-blitz or contact Betty Ann Kelly at bkelly@ucnj.org.

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