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Be an Angel: BioBlitz is almost here

Are you a middle school or high school student interested in biology? Know someone who is?

The 2022 CT BioBlitz wil be held on June 3-4. The event is a 24-hour race to try to identify as many species within an 11-mile diameter, which this year will cover parts of Groton, New London and Waterford. The Project Ocenaology E03 research vessel has been booked for 10 hours (3 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 3 and 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 4). Students will interact with mycologists, entomologists, botanists, herpetologists and more. The CT DEEP electroshock boat will be surveying the Groton Reservoir system.

Former student participants have gone on to pursue biology careers of their own. Any school that forms their own BioBlitz team will be paired with a volunteer naturalist to accompany them. Especially passionate budding biologists can apply for the Junior Scientist Camp. Scientists from Connecticut College, UConn and Yale will be on hand.

The Connecticut State BioBlitz set a world record in 2016 by collecting and identifying 2,765 different animal, plant and other species in the span of just 24 hours.

For more information or to sign up, email Edmund Smith at esmith@crec.org.

Be an Angel is a regular feature. To submit, email times@theday.com.

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