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For Release: Friday, April 22, 2016

BioBlitz Planned at Reinstein Woods

Public Invited to Participate in 24- Hour Event Documenting Biodiversity

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), in partnership with Friends of Reinstein Woods, invites the public to participate in a "bioblitz" at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve in the town of Cheektowaga. The 24-hour bioblitz will attempt to find and identify as many different species of organisms as possible at Reinstein Woods.

"A bioblitz is a great way to experience nature first-hand," said bioblitz organizer Marcus Rosten. "Exploring a small corner of nature can lead to unexpected discoveries and inspiring encounters with living things. The information collected will aid in our efforts to preserve the unique array of life at Reinstein Woods."

Starting on the evening of Friday, May 13, teams of local scientists and volunteers will work together to seek out species living at Reinstein Woods. Volunteers will accompany trained leaders in documenting a specific group of organisms, such as birds, insects, flowering plants, or ferns. Overnight, scientists will trap and record data about organisms that are active at night. On Saturday, efforts to find and identify organisms like trees, fungi, amphibians and reptiles will continue throughout the day. All of the data will be shared on www.iNaturalist.org, (link leaves DEC website) enabling participants to see the results of their efforts.

Saturday will also feature instructional sessions for families interested in learning how to identify common plants and animals at Reinstein Woods. Participants of all ages and abilities are invited to attend.

Individuals, scout groups and families must register for this event. Volunteers will be needed in early evening Friday and all day Saturday. You can sign up to help for a brief period or participate all day. To register, call (716) 683-5959 or email marcus.rosten@dec.ny.gov.

Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve is a 292-acre complex of forests, ponds and wetlands located at 93 Honorine Drive, Depew. Reinstein Woods offers a variety of opportunities to explore and learn about nature for families and people of all ages.

For more information, contact Reinstein Woods at (716) 683-5959 or visit the calendar of events.

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  • Meaghan Boice-Green
    Center Director
    Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center
    93 Honorine Drive
    Depew NY 14043
    716-683-5959
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