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UAS Faculty Organizes Bioblitz

“Our goals included raising our Juneau kids' awareness of our local flora and fauna; help them understand the concept of biodiversity, appreciate our local environment, and generally just get them outside observing nature.”

Megan assists a fourth-grader during BioBlitzMathematics faculty Megan Buzby assists a fourth-graders with species identification at a BioBlitz near the UAS Auke Lake campus. Photo by Chip McMillan.

Education faculty Chip McMillan and math faculty Megan Buzby, helped Auke Bay Elementary school students identify flora such as small plants in the rainforest understory during a BioBlitz for fourthgraders on Friday, May 4, 2012. McMillan was a key organizer of the event, a collaboration the Alaska Department of Fish & Game, the U.S. Forest Service, the University of Alaska Southeast, NOAA, the Juneau School District and the Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center. “Our goals included raising our Juneau kids’ awareness of our local flora and fauna; help them understand the concept of biodiversity, appreciate our local environment, and generally just get them outside observing nature,” said McMillan. A BioBlitz is a short term (24 hours or less) survey of all species found in a given area.

 
 

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