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Biodiversity Blitz

Black Rock Forest Consortium

Monday, July 28, 2014 - Friday, August 1, 2014
Black Rock Forest Consortium 65 Reservoir Road Cornwall-on-HudsonNY  12518
Monday, July 28, 2014 - Friday, August 1, 2014
Black Rock Forest Consortium 65 Reservoir Road Cornwall-on-HudsonNY  12518

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What's Included

This is a course in field ecology and survey methods, essentially a biodiversity blitz. We will hike and be in the field every day and get to submerge ourselves (literally) in each beautiful habitat the forest has to offer while studying all of the creatures we encounter, from salamanders to carnivorous plants to timber rattlesnakes and scarlet tanagers. Students will have the opportunity to collect and bake with wild edible fruits like blueberries and huckleberries. Participants will make and take home their own herbarium of tree leaves. Practical skills gained in this course are: familiarity with the local flora, fauna and scientific method, mastery of field survey methods for sampling birds and trees and turtles, data collection and analysis, habitat classification, exposure to current and important topics in ecology, enhanced understanding of complex ecosystems, and planning/writing a scientific paper and a group collaboration.

About This Organizer

Black Rock Forest Consortium is a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization with a mission of advancing scientific understanding of the natural world through research, education, and conservation programs.

 

Every summer, Black Rock Forest Consortium welcomes students age 11-15 for authentic, week-long learning experiences in nature, working directly with scientists. The focus is on understanding nature through observation and investigation. Classes allow students to study interesting subjects without the pressure of a grade. Classes are taught by experts and provide an opportunity to explore college and career possibilities in the natural sciences while having fun in Black Rock Forest in Cornwall, NY. Offerings include classes on birds, reptiles, writing, photography, computer science and engineering.

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