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Acadia National Park 13th Annual Bioblitz Free Public Event
July 19, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pmvaries
ACADIA NATIONAL PARK 13th ANNUAL BIOBLITZ
HOSTED BY SCHOODIC INSTITUTE
A FREE PUBLIC PROGRAM featuring CENTIPEDES and MILLIPEDES will be on Sunday, July 19 from 10 AM to Noon at Moore Auditorium on the Schoodic Education and Research campus. This special presentation is part of the 2015 Bioblitz in Acadia National Park. Joseph DeSisto, a UConn student and Myriapoda expert, will share his knowledge on the ecological importance of these secretive invertebrates. There will also be a brief walk to find and photograph a variety of insects, and a tour of the active Bioblitz laboratory. Meet at Moore Auditorium on the Schoodic Education & Research campus. The program will begin promptly at 10 AM.The Acadia National Park Bioblitz is a citizen science program that focuses on gaining a better understanding of the park’s often overlooked biodiversity.
The goal of the BioBlitz is to collect, sort, and identify as many species of arthropods of a specific group as possible within a 24 hour period. This year, in addition to Hymenoptera, we’ll also be looking for Myriapoda (centipedes and millipedes).
A special photography mini-bioblitz, using iPads and smartphones, which contributes to an iNaturalist database for Acadia National Park will be a new aspect of this year’s effort.
It is an event that combines the collective efforts of experts, advanced amateurs, interested naturalists and beginners. All are welcome!
Dr. Robert R. Kula is a Research Entomologist with the Systematic Entomology Laboratory, Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. He is an Adjunct Scientist with the Smithsonian Institution and is Curator of Ichneumonoidea at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. His research focuses on parasitoid wasp systematics and biodiversity, particularly for species of Braconidae. Additional interests include systematics support for biological control programs, development and refinement of techniques and equipment for sampling parasitoid wasps, and development of web-accessible databases of information relevant to wasp systematics and natural history.