By Brooke Carson
The Department of Biological Sciences at Sam Houston State University will host its first Bioblitz community event on Sat., April 21 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Center for Biological Field Studies. Taking place the same weekend as Earth Day, the free event is open to the public and will feature unique outdoor activities for all ages.
The focus of BioBlitz is to document and preserve wildlife, in addition to exploring and collecting a variety of biological life found in the region’s ecosystem within the East Texas piney woods of Huntsville.
“I am really excited to host our first BioBlitz and I hope it becomes an annual event. I’m also pleased to welcome guests from the community and show them the biodiversity we have at the field station and to teach and inspire up-and-coming generations of scientists,” said Sibyl Bucheli, associate professor of Entomology at SHSU.
The BioBlitz event will include guided tours from SHSU’s own biology experts and tent activities where the public can enjoy interacting with organisms while learning and discussing how to protect the ecosystem.
Activities for BioBlitz will include guided tours every 30 minutes to an hour, live specimen collection & preservation, build-a-birds nest, BioBlitz hoopla, worm wrangling, sweep-netting and more.
BioBlitz at SHSU is sponsored by the College of Science and Engineering and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.
SHSU’s Center for Biological Field Studies is located at 1866 Fish Hatchery Road in Huntsville, Texas.