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2nd Annual Southeast Alaska Bioblitz

"BioBlitz offers an excellent opportunity for families to get outdoors and see what biologists really do,"

Families, scientists and naturalists will converge on the UAS Auke Lake campus June 18 and 19 for BioBlitz, an assessment of all life.

BioBlitz"BioBlitz offers an excellent opportunity for families to get outdoors and see what biologists really do," said Steve Brockman of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service of the first BioBlitz in 2010. "Documenting the presence of animals, capturing animals, it’s the fun part. We’ll have bird surveys down to the beach. This is a good opportunity to go birding with people who really know what they are doing. If you want to learn about plants, and not just wildflowers, we’ll have plant ecologists going out. We’ll have people who are experts in fungi and lichens and invertebrates."

The second Southeast Alaska Bioblitz will cover Auke Lake, Auke Creek, Auke Bay, and the surrounding environs. A starting gun will launch the 24-hour event at 2pm on Saturday, June 18, 2011 as scientists and volunteers of all ages will disperse throughout the watershed to survey amphibians, birds, fish; search for invasive plants, and collect freshwater, marine, and terrestrial invertebrates.

A full schedule of educational activities and scientific presentations will complement the survey efforts. A BBQ dinner will take place at UAS Saturday evening. By 2 pm on Sunday June 19, 2011, the survey teams will tally the species and produce a final count,  and see if they meet or beat the 797 species found last year in the Fish Creek Watershed on Douglas Island.

BioBlitz is a partnership between the University of Alaska Southeast, Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center, Discovery Southeast, Alaska Department of Fish and Game,  Juneau Economic Development Council, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and U.S. Forest and Fish and Wildlife Service.

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