Please join us for the second annual Harvard University Campus BioBlitz!
Email the Agassiz Zoological Club’s email list: email@example.com
During the event, call:
Adam Clark (857)-544-6782, Andrew Brownjohn (315)-877-7457, or Sam Perez (617)-852-4635
The Agassiz Zoological Club is named in honor of Prof. Louis Agassiz, the founder of the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology. Over 150 years ago, a group of Harvard undergraduates working under Agassiz completed a survey of the biodiversity of sites across Massachusetts. Last year, the Agassiz Zoological Club was reformed in cooperation with the Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Undergraduate Group, and completed a comprehensive survey of the biodiversity living on Harvard’s campus (see site: harvardbioblitz.tumblr.com/)
Times: ROUGHLY midnight Sunday, May 1 to midnight Monday, May 2
Location of coordinating center – MCZ Labs, 4th floor
What is a BioBlitz? Over 24 hours, the total plant and animal life of the area will be cataloged to the best of our ability and recorded in a public database hosted by the Encyclopedia of Life (EOL). Over time, the HUCBB will provide an invaluable record of the changes in diversity over time, and the types of species present on campus.
When will this happen? The BioBlitz will begin at midnight on Sunday, May 1st and continue through midnight on Monday, May 2nd. Volunteers will lead taxa-specific sampling expeditions across the campus, cataloguing plant, insect, bird, etc. life. Samples will be identified in the field or sorted under microscopes.
How do I participate? Show up at any point over the 24 hours, either at our sampling location (see below) or at the coordinating center at the MCZ Labs. Student experts will lead guided nature walks for each trip, provide collecting equipment, and help with specimen identification. See which trips you are interested in – we’ll be leading them all day!
Locations: North Area – Harvard Yard, MCZ Labs area, Radcliffe Quadrangle
Southern Area – River Houses, Charles River
How can I get involved?:
Email the AZC above, and cc Adam, firstname.lastname@example.org. We are looking for volunteers who would like to attend guided walks, taxonomists and naturalist who would like to guide walks, and photographers or writers who would like to record events.
Sampling Trips (as of April 21):
All images from 2010 BioBlitz. All corny trip names are solely Adam’s fault.
1) 9AM-12PM: “The birds and the bees” - insect and avifauna of the the Arnold Arboretum.
a. A guided tour of the forests, fields, and rills of the Arnold Arboretum. We will be looking at local insects and birds, and will collect data for part of a New England-wide inventory of pollinators.
b. At 10:30AM, we’re meeting up with Robert Mayer, a naturalist at the AA, to go on a guided birding trip of the facilities.
c. MEET AT Harvard Yard subway entrance (by “the Pit”) at 8:30AM
2) 2PM-4PM: “A walk in the woods” - guided walk featuring the plants of Harvard Yard
a. Taking advantage of Harvard Yard’s tree map, we will visit and identify plants from around the campus.
b. MEET AT John Harvard state at 2PM
3) 4PM-6PM: “Sleeping with the fishes” - fish and aquatic arthropods of the Charles River, by the Harvard Woman’s boathouse
a. Using water nets and seines, we will collect fish, insects, larvae, and other aquatic animals to record the diversity of the Charles River. Waders or sandals are highly encouraged.
b. MEET AT Women’s Boat House at 4PM
4) 12AM-2AM: “Three sheets to the wind” - light trapping for nocturnal insects
a. We will set up light traps in the MCZ courtyard to see the local insect wildlife.
b. MEET OUTSIDE the Harvard Geological Building (by 26 Oxford St.) at 12AM.