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MEDIA CONTACT: Linda Holtz
561-297-3029, lholtz@fau.edu


FAU to Host 24-Hour BioBlitz Event

BOCA RATON, FL (April 15, 2010) – Florida Atlantic University’s chapter of Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity & Sustainability (SEEDS) will host BioBlitz, a 24-hour long event that brings together environmentally-conscious volunteers for scientific surveying and rapid data collection of specimens from natural habitats, beginning on April 16 at 9 a.m. In a collaborative effort, the FAU chapter of SEEDS will partner with National Geographic and the EarthTrek Global Citizen Science Program on this event.

The focal point of study will be at the ecological preserve on FAU’s Boca Raton campus. FAU students and faculty, along with  K-12 school students and interested members of the community, will have the opportunity to gather, examine and photograph plans, lichen, fungi and invertebrates at the pine, oak and scrub habitat, located just north of Lee Street and west of Palm Beach State College. Vertebrate species will be documented photographically, and all data will be catalogued and shared with the National Collegiate BioBlitz organization.  This year marks the first time a BioBlitz event will take place at FAU. 

Launched in 1996 by the National Park Service, the U.S. Geological Survey and other related organizations to promote biodiversity and popularize science, the National Collegiate BioBlitz holds events throughout the country and the world, with the first one taking place in Washington D.C.  SEEDS, an education program of the Ecological Society of America, was founded to advance and nurture the study of environmental science. FAU’s chapter was established this year, and has successfully provided its members with hands-on experiences in ecological and environmental studies. SEEDS hopes to promote the preserve as an outdoor classroom.

For more information, contact Nicolas E. Mazzoli at 561-460-6871 or nicolas@eccologico.net.

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