Biodiversity Go! Identify the Creatures of Black Rock Forest This Summer
If you are between the ages of 11 and 15, consider signing up for Biodiversity Go! From Blueberries to Bluebirds with forest ecologist Dr. Terryanne Maenza-Gmelch, Director of the Environmental Science Teaching Lab at Barnard College, offered as part of our Summer Science Day Camp at Black Rock Forest.
Explore the forest to examine as many species as you can: reptiles, amphibians, insects, birds, plants, mammals, fungi and more. Interesting creatures can turn up in unexpected places. Last summer over 300 species were identified, and Dr. Maenza-Gmelch will encourage participants to beat that number this summer! Campers will hike in wetlands, stream ravines, ridge tops, meadows and the forest while examining the amazing biodiversity in this part of planet Earth. Campers will also participate in ongoing scientific research at the forest: surveying birds by sight and sound along an elevation transect; capturing, measuring, weighing, and releasing painted turtles for the turtle project; and identifying and counting invertebrates in a deer exclusion experiment. The class features daily art projects and cooking with wild edible forest fruits and ingredients from a local farm. Campers will leave with an understanding and appreciation of the forest ecosystem, training in plant and animal survey methods, and a clear vision of the benefits of biodiversity and how to protect it on a personal and global scale.