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2016 Adirondack BioBlitz Kicks Off in the St. Lawrence Valley

Professional and citizen scientists to inventory Redwood Hill Preserve

REDWOOD, NEW YORK - Regional naturalists, friends, schoolchildren and families will converge in the St. Lawrence Valley June 18 for the 2016 BioBlitz, a rapid inventory of all organisms-from fungi to dragonflies to mammals - in a defined area for a 24-hour period.

The Indian River Lakes Conservancy (IRLC) is sponsoring the event to highlight its land conservation efforts in Northern New York. The Conservancy was formed in 1998 and currently owns and protects 2,277 acres of land, including six miles of well-used trails. Hosting the Adirondack All-Taxa Biodiversity Inventory (ATBI) BioBlitz in the St. Lawrence Valley brings attention to the importance of the region as a habitat corridor for many important plants and animals. The golden-winged warbler, whippoorwill, Blanding's turtle and rose pogonia are among the rare species that can be found on the IRLC lands and waters.

All are welcome to join the event. Those interested in participating should sign up at online or contact Stacy McNulty at smcnulty@esf.edu or Ezra Schwartzberg at ezra@adkres.org.

The ATBI was started by a group of professional and citizen scientists from across the region and is led by the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) and Adirondack Research, LLC. The mission of the ATBI is to survey the diversity of life in the Adirondack region and connect people to natural communities through participation in biological inventories. The ATBI has hosted annual bioblitzes across the peaks and forests of the Adirondacks and documented more than 2,000 species in nine years.