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24-hour BioBlitz will help determine what lives in Busey Woods


As part of the Anita Purves Nature Center’s 40th anniversary, Urbana Park District is hosting a 24-hour BioBlitz where scientists, volunteers and naturalists of all ages will list the number of species that call Busey Woods home.

The BioBlitz runs from 12 – 12 p.m., September 27 – 28.

“We conducted a BioBlitz in 2005,” said Judy Miller, Environmental Program Manager. “Back then, scientists counted over 1,200 species in Busey Woods. It will be interesting to compare this year’s list to the 2005 list.

“And, we hope to find new species,” Miller added.

Anita Purves Nature Center welcomes everyone to come out and see the event. “People can watch the scientists at work, interact with them and participate in free activities,” Miller said.

It’s a free event, but people need to call Anita Purves Nature Center at (217) 384-4062 to pre-register for planned guided scientist presentations and hikes. “We have limited space for these special visits with the scientists,” Miller explained.

Anita Purves Nature Center still needs volunteers for this community event.

For a list of planned programs and hikes or to volunteer to visit the district’s BioBlitz page online.

“Busey Woods is a fascinating place to visit and interact with nature,” Miller said. “Everyone belongs at this event to learn more about the environment.”



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