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Sandy Hook to host BioBlitz in September

The National Park Service is celebrating its 100th birthday with more than 100 BioBlitzes around the country, and Gateway National Recreation Area and the American Littoral Society are teaming up to host a BioBlitz at Sandy Hook on Sept. 23 and 24.

A BioBlitz is a biological inventory where volunteers work alongside scientists and expert naturalists to find and identify as many species as possible over a short time period. It is a celebration and exploration of biodiversity.

Volunteers will have the opportunity to work alongside scientists and expert naturalists to conduct biological surveys and provide a snapshot of biodiversity in the park. Volunteers are also needed to assist at the “Base Camp” with general information, registration, food preparation, photography, social media and more.

Interpretive programs will be held throughout the two-day event to explore the marshes of Plum Island, discover the plants and animals living in Sandy Hook Bay, view the Sandy Hook night sky and experience the park’s maritime holly forest.

All events are free and open to the public. Additional information and registration is available at http://bioblitz16.ciesin.columbia.edu/home.

Find more information about this event, contact Stevie Thorsen at Stevie@littoralsociety.org.

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