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Recap: Masonville Cove BioBlitz

On Saturday, September 12, the National Aquarium hosted its 2nd annual BioBlitz at Masonville Cove, an Urban Wildlife Refuge in Baltimore, Maryland.

Published September 15, 2015

bioblitz-volunteers

Photo courtesy of Pat Venturino.

A bioblitz is a unique citizen science experience in which participants work with a variety of specialists to make observations and identify as many organisms, both animals and plants, as they can within a given time period.

During this “open-house style” event, participants visited six different stations: mammals, plants, reptiles and amphibians, birds, aquatics and insects. At each station, they were encouraged to “get nerdy with nature” by engaging in a variety of interactive activities.

bioblitz

Photo courtesy of Pat Venturino.

They checked scent stations for mammal tracks, dissected Biohuts and looked through minnow traps to identify aquatic species. From sweep netting for insects, observing local birds with binoculars and learning about the importance of native plant species to examining bullfrogs and common snapping turtles up close, participants were exposed to the wealth of biological diversity found right here in Baltimore’s backyard.

The annual BioBlitz is an important component of the National Aquarium’s citizen science program, which encourages everyone to get outside, get nerdy with nature and contribute to scientific discovery. Participants not only left the event feeling a deeper connection to Masonville Cove but were also empowered to become citizen scientists and, ultimately, environmental stewards.

For more information about our citizen science programs and additional resources, click here.

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