Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning will partner with the Tennessee Valley Authority in a Discover Life in America “BioBlitz” at Worthington Cemetery in Oak Ridge on Saturday.
A BioBlitz is an event in which the public is invited to help with plant and animal identification, an event notice said.
The event’s organizer, Melinda Watson of TVA Natural Resources, said Worthington was selected because of its unique and varied habitats, including a cedar barren, native warm season grass meadow, hardwoods, marsh/swamp, hemlocks, among other habitats, the event notice said.
Each participant needs to have access to a smartphone, tablet, or a camera with GPS capability, the TCWP said. After downloading the iNaturalist app, participants will join the TVA/DLIA Worthington Cemetery online event (found in INaturalist using the search feature). During the event, participants will photograph plants, insects, and other animals using their device, the notice said. The day of the event, there will also be scientists available to help with species identification, confirm the plant or animal’s name, and answer any questions.
The BioBlitz will begin at 9 a.m. and will run through approximately 3 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at Worthington Cemetery. The cemetery is a short hike from Elza Gate Park in east Oak Ridge.
Participants are asked to bring a sack lunch. For more information, contact Todd Witcher at [email protected].
You can register for the BioBlitz at www.dlia.org/events.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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