Bioblitz for Jeffers High School at Lake Perrault and Brown Nature Sanctuary

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Michigan Tech Scientists Helping Jeffers Students with Biological Surveying

Jeffers middle and high school students will be conducting a BioBlitz today at Lake Perrault and the Robert Brown Nature Sanctuary. Various Michigan Tech scientists will assist the students.                              

A BioBlitz is an intense period of biological surveying in an attempt to identify and record all the living species within a designated area. Scientists, naturalists, teachers, students and community volunteers conduct an intensive inventory over a one-day period. The following Michigan Tech scientists will be helping:

  • Insects, moths and butterflies—Jim Bess and Chris Hohnholt (SFRES)
  • Lichens—Karena Schmidt (SFRES)
  • Wildlife tracking—Dan Haskell (SFRES) and Marcy Erickson (Center for Science and Environmental Outreach)
  • Macroinvertebrates—Amy Schrank (SFRES)
  • Frog, toads and salamanders—Joan Chadde (Center for Science and Environmental Outreach)

“Participating in these hands-on field studies is a fun and exciting way for students to learn about biodiversity and better understand how to protect it,” explained Cindy McCormick, Jeffers High School science and English teacher and co-coordinator of the event. “Instead of a highly structured technical field survey, the BioBlitz event has the atmosphere of a festival. The short time frame makes the searching more exciting.”

"These one-day events stimulate interest in learning more about a place," adds Joan Chadde, BioBlitz co-coordinator and director of the Center for Science and Environmental Outreach. "Hopefully the BioBlitz will pique students' interest in the natural world and stimulate their interest in a future scientific career. It provides an opportunity for students and community members to meet working scientists and learn more about what they do."

The BioBlitz is funded in part by the Upper Peninsula Evironmental Coalition, Adams Township Schools and the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative (LSSI). LSSI connects schools and communities in the stewardship of Lake Superior and its watershed.


Press Release:

Jeffers Middle/High School students will be the first in the Copper Country to conduct a bioblitz at their “adopted” school forest at Lake Perrault (owned by the MI Dept. of Natural Resources) and the Robert Brown Nature Sanctuary, owned by the Michigan Nature Association) from 10 AM – 2:30 PM, Tuesday, Sept. 30.

A BioBlitz is an intense period of biological surveying in an attempt to identify and record all the living species within a designated area. Scientists, naturalists, teachers, students, and community volunteers conduct an intensive inventory over a one-day period.

“Participating in these hands-on field studies is a fun and exciting way for students to learn about biodiversity and better understand how to protect it,” explained Cindy McCormick, high school science and English teacher and co-coordinator of the event.“Instead of a highly structured technical field survey, the bioblitz event has the atmosphere of a festival. The short time frame makes the searching more exciting.”

“These one-day events stimulate interest in learning more about an area,” added Joan Chadde, bioblitz co-coordinator. “A biobitz provides an opportunity for students and community members to meet working scientists and learn more about what they do. We hope that the information (and the process of collecting it) will stimulate further interest and study by students, scientists, and the public.”

The bioblitz is funded in part with a grant from the Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition and the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative, and Adams Township Schools.


 

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