Students Get Crash Course Through "Bio-Blitz"


It's like a game - how many different critters, birds and bugs can you collect in a day?

"These have been done all around the country. They're typically in tents, usually 24 hours. The idea is - what can you find in a 24 hour period," said Don Leopold a professor at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

It's called "Bio-Blitz" and 85 students from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry have 2,000 acres to work with at the Lucky Star Ranch in Chaumont.

"It has a lot of potential because it's a really unique habitat," said student Rex Everett.

While we hear just birds chirping and insects buzzing, the students hear hundreds of species.

The Lucky Star Ranch has been inhabited by humans since the 1940's and the owners say they still don't know how many different kinds of mammals, fish, insects and plants, also call the ranch home.

"If we don't find dozens of dozens of species that he wasn't aware of, then we'll be very disappointed," said Leopold.

The students say "Bio-Blitz" is much better than sitting in class.

The students will take a closer look at their findings when they head back to an actual classroom in the fall.

Sunday, December 4, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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