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BioBlitz

Summary

Project: BioBlitz

Principal Investigator: Briget Eastep

Funding Type: Federal

Funding Source: National Park Service

Funding Amount: $9,958

College: School of Integrative & Engaged Learning

Department: Outdoor Engagement Center

Funding from the National Park Service offered the public the opportunity to engage in a three day biological survey at Cedar Breaks National Monument through SUU’s Outdoor Engagement Center. The BioBlitz event was held in the summer of 2013 and presented visitors with the chance to learn about biodiversity by documenting the different species at the national monument. The event brought the public together with field experts and scientists, promoting community engagement through educational activities including bird identification, bat programs and surveys, and more. Joanna Durfee, BioBlitz coordinator and SUU student intern, said an estimated 500 to 700 visitors attended the 2013 event over its three day span.

Participants engaged in various activities such as biodiversity tours of the area. SUU biology faculty, including Dr. Bill Heyborne and Department Chair Fred Govedich, led visitors on a tour of the numerous plants and animal species that coexist in Cedar Breaks’ ecosystem. Visitors who elected to participate in the survey were provided with nets and bug viewers. Scientists were positioned at ranger stations to help identify and release specimen and assist bug-catchers in viewing the insects up close under a microscope. Results from the surveys provided the park with an updated list of species in the area and involved professionals were able to share their expertise with visitors from the community, fostering interest in science through engagement in a real life scientific survey.

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