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Biology Professor Organizes BioBlitz in Murrysville

What animals and plants are living in Murrysville’s Duff Park?

The answers will be provided by BioBlitz 2014, organized by Dr. Kyle Selcer, associate professor of biological sciences at Duquesne University, and sponsored by Duquesne’s Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, Department of Biological Sciences and the Center for Environmental Research and Education, with the Friends of the Murrysville Parks and the Murrysville Trail Alliance.

Expert faculty, naturalists and scientists, as well as staff, students and the general public, are invited to work together to inventory all living organisms observed in the park from 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, through 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27.

In addition to surveying trees and other plants, observation methods will include:

  • Humane trapping of small mammals
  • Aquatic sampling of macroinvertebrates
  • Light trapping and sweep netting of insects
  • Sifting of leaf litter for mollusks
  • Electrofishing
  • Binocular observations of birds and mammals
  • Listening for calls
  • Remote video recording of wildlife.

A number of tours and events are planned for nature lovers of all ages.

The park pavilion near the School Road South parking area will serve as the base station for park exploration and experts’ identification of organisms. A number of regional scientists and naturalists will participate.

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