Bio-Blitz in Full Swing at Oak Ridge Park in Clark; Continues Until 5:00 pm Today

Sign up under the tent to begin the exploration of Oak Ridge Park and Ash Brook Reservation Credits: Gabriel Gluck - County of Union
Bio-Blitz Central is the hub where all the adventure begins. Credits: Gabriel Gluck - County of Union
Dr. Emile DeVito, center, takes a group on an Owl Prowl as part of the annual Bio-Blitz which searches for all species in the preserve. Credits: Gabriel Gluck - County of Union
Kean University Prof. Daniela Shebitz takes a group to identify trees and plants in Oak Ridge Park as part of the annual Bio-Blitz which searches for all species in the preserve. Credits: Gabriel Gluck - County of Union

CLARK, NJ - Union County’s  Tenth Annual Bio-Blitz is underway.  This 24-hour event started last night at 5:00 pm and continues today until 5:00 pm.   Its goal is to catalog all living things in Oak Ridge Park in Clark and Ash Brook Reservation in Scotch Plains.  Passing thunderstorms on Friday evening did not deter the eager naturalists.  As of late Friday night, 118 species of living things had been identified.  

Free nature-related programs are offered for people of all ages. Today’s programs include live raptor demos, lake and stream samplings, bird walks, a hula hoop biodiversity study, live animal and plant exhibits, the Trailside Eco-Van, and more.

The adventure begins under the tent at Bio-Blitz Central in Oak Ridge Park at 136 Oak Ridge Road, Clark.  Shuttle buses are available to take participants to various program sites.

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Children are invited to visit the Junior Scientist tent where naturalists will conduct hands-on activities related to the natural environment.  Younger scientists will have an opportunity to record their findings and enter a drawing to win nature-related prizes.

For more information, visit the Bio-Blitz website at www.ucnj.org/bioblitz.

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