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Save the date! September 8-9, 2017

Co-sponsored by the Cayuga Nature Center

Fill out SIPS BioBlitz Interest Form to get on the mailing list and indicate your areas of interest

BioBlitz Teams:

  • Mammals
  • Bacteria/Microbes
  • Lepidoptera
  • Other Entomology
  • Spiders
  • Birds
  • Lichens & Mosses
  • Fungi
  • Plant Pathogens
  • Vascular Plants
  • Herps (Amphibians and Reptiles)
  • Mollusks and Annelids

What is a BioBlitz?

A BioBlitz is an action-packed day designed as part scientific endeavor, part contest, part environmental festival, and part educational program. During a BioBlitz, scientists come together in a race against time to count as many species as they can in a given area over a 24-hour period. The first 24-hour biological survey took place in Walden Woods, Massachusetts in 1998. Its success has since inspired similar events in many states and dozens of countries.

Where will the SIPS BioBlitz be held?

Next month, Cornell’s School of Integrative Plant Science (SIPS) will showcase our local biodiversity with a BioBlitz. The SIPS BioBlitz is co-sponsored by the Cayuga Nature Center (CNC) and will be held on CNC grounds, located only seven miles from downtown Ithaca and at Smith Woods, a 32 acre woodland on the edge of the Village of Trumansburg. Thanks to generations of Cornell biologists, the flora and fauna of the Cayuga Lake Basin is among the most well-known in the world.

You are invited!

You or your club are invited to participate in our BioBlitz, which is open to both students and local citizens alike. During this 24-hour biological survey—the first event of its kind in our area—you and other biologists will have the opportunity to share your passions with people of all ages, working side-by-side toward a common goal. A BioBlitz is an excellent opportunity for your club to excite both children and adults about science.

For more information or to offer suggestions, contact Scott LaGreca, BioBlitz Coordinator, at or 607-255-2777. See you at Cayuga Nature Center!
Download the 2017 SIPS BioBlitz flyer (pdf)