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Berkshire Bioblitz 2018

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Join us at the 2018 Berkshire Bioblitz will be hosted by Williams College and held in Hopkins Memorial Forest in Williamstown on Saturday through Sunday September 15-16 from 12 noon on Saturday to 12 noon on Sunday.

What is a Bioblitz? The Bioblitz is an opportunity for biologists, naturalists and environmentalists to work in collaboration with the general public to gather in a given area and in a 24-hour period to complete a formal survey of all living species and see first-hand the importance of a healthy, active ecosystem in their own community.

 

Dr. Augie’s will be there with a water presentation and water filtration activity. Learn where your water comes from and where it goes, and who and what depends on WHAT YOU FLUSH down your drain.

Saturday events include:

8AM : Bird Walk
10AM : Aquatic Biodiversity Presentation
Noon : Big Welcome and Kickoff
1PM : Pollinator Talk with Joan Edwards
2PM : Family Track & Sign with Elia Del Molino
3PM : Mushroom Talk with John Wheeler
4PM : Big Trees with Bob Leverett
8PM : Owl Prowl with Rene Wendell
8PM : Moth Light Show with Jason Crockwell & Mark Mello

Sunday events include:

8AM : Birding with the Hoffmann Bird Club
8AM : Bird Banding with Dan Schustack
10AM : Trail Camera Footage Review – who’s out there??

We encourage everyone to take advantage of this unique FREE annual event. It will expand your mind.

Directions

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This year’s event co-sponsored by Dr. Augie’s Science Education Programs and Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT).

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Posted by on August 12, 2018 in Berkshire BioBlitz, events, Family Program, Science, science in the parks

 

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Berkshire BioBlitz 2016

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You are cordially invited to

“Berkshire Biological Identification Day”.

This is an event where you are invited to bring any unidentified, curious, baffling biological specimens or items like feathers, fossils, eggs, seeds, insects and weird curly things from your personal collections and our experts will take a look and see if they can identify the specimen.

The specialists will be at the visitor’s center 4:00 to 5:30p.m. If we can’t identify the specimen we will find someone who can!

Scientists and experts will also show off some unusual specimens from their own collections.

Helpful hint: Please bring as much information on your specimen as possible, such as when it was collected and most importantly where you found it!

If its alive, please make sure its in a safe and secure container. If you cannot make it during this time you can bring the specimen to the Visitor Center at anytime during the bioblitz and have it photographed.

 

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Berkshire BioBlitz 2016

imageTentative dates and locations for Berkshire BioBlitz 2016 are Saturday June 18-Sunday June 19, 2016. This year’s bioBlitz will take place at the base of Mt. Greylock and is sponsored by the Berkshire Environmental Action a Team, BEAT, the Massachusetts Geological Alliance and Dr. Augie’s.

 

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Mini Bioblitz with the Berkshire Museum

museum bioblitz 2015This June the Berkshire Museum held a small bioblitz at Onota Lake with Egermont Elementary School students. It was a great day, lots of collecting and sharing. The weather was perfect the kids were well behaved and the teachers were great to work with in the field. Thanks to Joann Batman for inviting Dr. Augie’s to participate.

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Posted by on July 7, 2015 in backyard science, Berkshire BioBlitz, Children's Art & Science Classes, insects, Science, science in the parks

 

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Blast at the BioBlitz

A big thank you goes out to everyone who participated in the Berkshire BioBlitz 2015! Tallies are still coming in and Scott LaGreca is compiling them as you read this. Meanwhile you can check out Tom Murray’s 2015 Berkshire BioBlitz insect collecting frogslist and identifications.

One weird find were these mushrooms called “Dead Man’s Fingers”, but these were clumped together forming “paws”.

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Posted by on June 24, 2015 in Berkshire BioBlitz, events, insects, Science

 

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SAVE THE DATE! BERKSHIRE BIOBLITZ 2015

bees 1We apologize for the late notice but we would be thrilled if you could participate in the Berkshires BioBlitz scheduled for 12pm Friday June 19th to 12pm Saturday June 20, 2015 at Canoe Meadows, part of the Pleasant Valley Bird Sanctuary in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Canoe Meadows is part of a wildlife corridor from October Mountain and abundant in flora and fauna.

http://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries/canoe-meadows/directions

You are being asked to participate in the BioBlitz in your capacity as an expert in your field. If you cannot participate, we would welcome suggestions of who else I might contact instead.

The goal, as with every BioBlitz (sometimes called “Biodiversity Day” in some towns), is to see how many species we can find in a given area in the 24 hour period of the BioBlitz.

We will send you more information via email over the next month.

We hope you can participate again this year!

Sincerely yours,

Lisa Provencher, BioBlitz Coordinator
Jane Winn, Berkshire Environmental Action Team
Scott LaGreca, Curator Cornell University

 
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Posted by on April 6, 2015 in backyard science, Berkshire BioBlitz, Science, science in the parks

 

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Berkshire BioBlitz 2014

bioblitz sign Thanks to coordinator Collin Adkins, Berkshire BioBlitz 2014 was a blast!! Collin is a AmeriCorps Member – MassLIFT, Service Learning Coordinator, AMC-Berkshires, South Egremont, Greenagers, Great Barrington, MA. He did a great job.

This years Berkshire BioBlitz was held at Fountain Pond/Threemile Hill Trail in Great Barrington. I never made it to the trail, I was too busy in the meadow, swamp and hedgerow surrounding the parking lot.

We found some cool bugs. Caroline had this nifty set up to use your smart phone to take pictures of tiny things close up. She studies algae, but we saw some daphnia too. Then a yellow warbler flew into the glass at the gym and stunned itself. It was fine though and we got a chance to see it up close and personal.

 

 

 

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Posted by on July 7, 2014 in Berkshire BioBlitz, insects, Science, science in the parks

 

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