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Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge Participates in Bio-Blitz
Northeast Region, June 13, 2014
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Melissa Gallo,manning a booth at the New Jersey 10th Annual Union County Bio-Blitz
Melissa Gallo,manning a booth at the New Jersey 10th Annual Union County Bio-Blitz - Photo Credit: Union County Park System Staff

Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge took part in New Jersey's 10th Annual Union County Bio-Blitz. Specialists from different departments and organizations gathered to showcase accomplishments as well as promote hands-on learning about New Jersey's flora and fauna. Each year, the 24-hour event launches an intensive but exciting effort to measure the biodiversity of plants and animals in the Union County Park System. This year, scientists, families, and children of all ages were able to see and join in as biologists conducted biological surveys and sampling, and visit educational booths under the Bio-Blitz central tent. Mellissa Gallo, a graduate student from William patterson University, represented the refuge by leading an educational booth on bats. An abundance of activities and educational brochures awaited eager guests. Children colored little brown bat activity pages, adults learned the importance of bats in our ecosystems and economy, and a model bat box allowed visitors to see inside a bat roost. As the sun set Melissa's night walk allowed visitors to experience first-hand the world of acoustic detection as bats foraged above their heads and ultrasonic calls appeared on the screen of a bat detector. Efforts like the annual Bio Blitz connect the public to wildlife by building enthusiasm toward our natural resources in a vital but welcoming way.

Contact Info: Jonathan Rosenberg, 973-425-0215 x 115, jonathan_rosenberg@fws.gov
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