Loyola University Chicago

Retreat & Ecology Campus

BioBlitz

BioBlitz: Saturday, May 12, 2018

Save The Date! Join Loyola students, faculty and staff, and friends of our community in the first BioBlitz Day at LUREC on May 12, 2018 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. This event is FREE and open to the public, but registration will be required.    


What is a BioBlitz? A BioBlitz is an effort to find as many species of various organisms as possible in a given area over a 24-hour period. Ecological experts gather together to lead teams who search for a specific set of organisms.

Why is this happening? With the sighting of the endangered Rusty Patched Bumble Bee at LUREC during the summer of 2017, we want to ensure LUREC’s ecosystem is carefully documented, and the biodiverse area is properly maintained to ensure the growth of native species. 

What are the goals? The BioBlitz serves two purposes:

  1. It documents the biodiversity of a site
  2. It introduces the public to the biodiversity in their area and demonstrates the importance of maintaining natural areas 

What will my role be? Scientists and the public will be broken up into teams, each with a designated list of organisms to find and document. We will post information about our BioBlitz team captains later in the semester here. 

How can I secure a spot at this event? Registration will open soon for this event. Bookmark this page and stay tuned!