Monday, May 23, 2005

Bronx River Bio Blitz

The Bronx River is one of the westernmost tributaries of Long Island Sound. In a couple of weekends, naturalists will be poring over it, in it and probably under it looking for every living thing they can identify. The effort is being coordinated with a similar one in Berlin. Here’s what Jeff Main wrote in a comment to an earlier post:

The Bronx River Alliance, N.Y. City Parks, and Westchester Parks will be hosting a Bio Blitz for the Bronx River on June 10th and 11th, from 12:00 noon Friday to 12:00 noon Saturday. The data we collect will be useful in guiding future restoration efforts. We are coordinating our effort with another Bio Blitz taking place simultaneously in Berlin, Germany at their Tiergarten, essentially the "central park" of Berlin. Communication, in real time, between these two efforts will be made during the day through the efforts of Geo Magazine, which is the European version of National Geographic. We are still accepting volunteers, both with a professional science background or avocation, and those enthusiastic enough to poke around and help collect specimens and data. If you're reading this and are interested, please contact Jeff Main, Westchester Parks Senior Curator at (914) 864-7051 or by e-mail:

Among other things, I’ll be interested in hearing about what fish they catch near the mouth of the river, at Hunts Point and Classons Point, which presumably has some estuarine characteristics.


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