BioBlitz to be held this weekend
RUPERT — Merck Forest & Farmland Center's Biodiversity Project BioBlitz 2020 will be held Saturday and Sunday.
The free event allows anyone to be a citizen scientist for a day.
Join fellow naturalists at Merck Forest & Farmland Center for part or all of the two days exploring everything natural on the nearly 3,200 acres of forests, fields and waters.
Participation is as easy as taking a photo of what you find and recording date, time, location and then uploading to iNaturalist via the app or web.
Adapting to the times, this year's BioBlitz will take on a different form this year. We are expanding the effort to the whole weekend and expanding our focal area to the whole property, with special "Quests" available for the taking.
Quests, of varying levels of challenge, will set folks up with a task and a map to seek out what may be found — or yet to be found across the property.
This event will be fun, easy, safe and at your own pace. It will also be a shared experience. BioBlitz is about community after all.
We will have live displays of findings, maps and status updates on quests at the visitor center, visiting naturalists and Merck Forest staff on hand, and equipment available to borrow during the event, including: guide books, magnifying glasses, specimen jars (for photographing those hard to contain insects), bug nets, dip nets, buckets, moth light sheets, etc.
We will also have disinfecting solutions on hand to keep all equipment clean.
Register at www.merckforest.org/event/bioblitz2020 and remember all COVID-19 protocols are in place including temperature checks, physical and social distancing and masks when necessary and appropriate.
For more information, contact email@example.com, visit www.merckforest.org/event/bioblitz2020 or call 802-394-7836.
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