Digger crayfish (Fallicambarus sp.)
Digger crayfish (Fallicambarus sp.)

Celebrate Earth Day with Longwood BioBlitz

 

The Eastern United States is the global hotspot for crayfish diversity with nearly 400 species described so far. Do you know that we have found five different species of crayfish from the Lancer Park flood plain? That is an exceptionally high number for such a small area. One of those species, a digger crayfish species (Fallicambarus sp.), may be a brand new species to science. If you want to see our new digger crayfish and propose a name, think about attending Longwood BioBlitz this Saturday.

 

Come explore the biodiversity at Lancer park-find, identify and record species. Learn about local wildlife and natural history while you work with experienced naturalists. Bring your smartphone and report your own findings/pictures at Longwood BioBlitz iNaturalist project https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/longwood-bioblitz

 

The Environmental Educational Center at Lancer Park will be "BioBlitz central." You will be able to find and learn about local wildlife, help collect data on local biodiversity, and participate in several other activities such as a scavenger hunt, and bird watching. At “touch tables”, you can get close encounters with local animals and plants, and materials for teachers will be available. In addition, there will be a large floor map of Virginia that children can explore by walking and use of manipulatives. 

 

All events are free and open to anyone interested in exploring outdoors. Bring your family, friends, and neighbors!

 

When: Saturday, April 21 from 9 am-noon

Where: Environmental Education Center at Lancer Park, Cormier Drive, Farmville, VA 23901

Registration: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1r0k2BIXx83eXlC7ND-2XayZwkO1XX5FJ-n7XLIczQeA/edit

 

Find more information at Longwood BioBlitz website at https://blogs.longwood.edu/longwoodbioblitz/