Lifestyle Briefs: 16th annual BioBlitz at Seacoast Science Center

September 07. 2018 6:57PM
William McKim, of Bristol, R.I., gathers species from the rocky shore for identification in 2016. (Courtesy/file photo)

16th annual BioBlitz at Seacoast Science Center

RYE - The Seacoast Science Center, 570 Ocean Blvd., will hold its 16th annual BioBlitz on Saturday, Sept. 15, from 6 a.m to 5 p.m.

BioBlitz is a daylong species scavenger hunt in Odiorne Point State Park, where the families explore alongside field experts to find and record data on as many different species in the park as possible in one day.

BioBlitz offers exciting opportunities for all ages to gain knowledge and skill in their favorite area of nature. Exploration teams will be birding, searching for insects, snakes and amphibians, exploring the freshwater pond and salt marsh, tracking mammals, identifying plants and seaweeds, tide pooling and more. You can sign up to participate in all or part of the day.

BioBlitz is a great way to excite children about science and a rare opportunity to learn from biologists working in the field. Odiorne's 135 acres and seven distinctly different habitats make it a unique and fascinating place to explore and learn.

If you are not up for scouring the park, there is still plenty to explore in the center's Gregg Interactive Learning Studio. There, you will see samples of species collected by naturalists and learn about the identification process. You can see amazing images on the big-screens, observe insects through microscopes, see samples of seaweeds and fungi, and connect with many spirited nature-lovers.

A squid dissection session will be offered at 3 p.m., giving participants the opportunity to learn about the squid's anatomy and physiology, hands-on. There is a $5 fee for squid dissection; sign up when you register.

Since the first BioBlitz in 2003, the total number of species identified in Odiorne tops 2,263. This catalog serves as a snapshot of the biodiversity of flora and fauna in the region.

To learn how you can help the center add to the list, find a detailed schedule and register, visit www.seacoastsciencecenter.org.

The event is free for members of the Seacoast Science Center; $10 for non-members; and $30 for non-member families (up to 6 people).

Contact Sarah at 436-8043, ext. 20, or s.toupin@sscnh.org for more information or to inquire how groups can get involved.

Audubon presents 'Little Rascals Storytime'

CONCORD - Enjoy nature with your preschooler at NH Audubon's Mclane Center, 84 Silk Farm Road.

Educator and naturalist Linden Rayton will share a nature-based story and then take you and your little rascal for a guided walk.

The program is 45 minutes and begins at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 5 and Nov. 2.

The cost is adults $8/family NHA member, $13/family NHA non-member.

Pre-register at www.nhaudubon.org/calendar/little-rascals-storytime.


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