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Bioblitz grows in Saranac Lake

David Patrick (event coordinator from Paul Smith's College) addressing the various surveys crews and leaders at the fourth annual Bioblitz.

David Patrick (event coordinator from Paul Smith's College) addressing the various surveys crews and leaders at the fourth annual Bioblitz. Photo by Alan Belford.

— Local enthusiasts and experts were joined by folks from outside the park who compose Taxonomic Working Groups (TWiGs) which are focused on one specific group of organisms, for example fungi or birds. The surveys were accompanied by several educational and family-oriented programs put on by volunteers and local organizations such as The Wild Center Museum.

“It’s so nice to see all these people out with an interest in natural history, wanting to catalog it and wanting to share it with others,” said Young.

“This is about getting outside and sharing our knowledge with other enthusiastic scientists, biogeeks, and people,” added McAllister.

“The bioblitzes themselves are important for highlighting the biodiversity that is all around you if you know how to look for it,” said Patrick.

“It’s easy to measure the success of the bioblitz by numbers,” concluded Patrick. “But I measure its success by individual stories – it’s connecting those people who may not have had an outlet for their interests or had not met other people with those same interests.”

For more information on ATBI and future Adirondack bioblitzes see adirondackbiodiversity.org, paulsmiths.edu/ATBI/index.php, or www.atbialliance.org.

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