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Exhibit opening reception: Cayuga Basin Bioblitz! A 24 Hour Race to Find What’s Living in Our Backyard

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Mann Library, Mann Gallery
Cornell University Mann Library, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA

Ever wonder what’s out there in our own backyard?
 
A new exhibit in the Mann Library at Cornell University explores that very question, showcasing the fascinating outcomes of the 2017 SIPS BioBlitz where teams of scientists and volunteers joined forces to catalogue as many species as possible in a 24-hour period.  By the time they were finished, the teams had cataloged over 500 macroscopic species and 25,000 species of microbes at the Cayuga Nature Center (CNC) in Ithaca and the old-growth forest remnant Smith Woods near Trumansburg. The new multi-media exhibit in the Mann Gallery, a joint effort of Paleontological Research institution and Cornell University, explores the BioBlitz event, its findings, and applications, while celebrating the depth and range of biodiversity in our Cayuga Basin.
 
A fun opening for the exhibit will take place on November 14, 2018 from 4 to 5 in Mann Gallery featuring animal ambassadors from the Cayuga Nature Center (CNC,) as well as remarks by Warren Allmon (Director, Paleontological Research Institution, and Hunter R. Rawlings, III Professor of Paleontology, Dept. of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences) and Marvin Pritts (Professor of Horticulture, School of Integrative Plant Science).  Come learn about the BioBlitz and the diversity of the Cayuga Basin, discuss the variety of student enrichment opportunities available through PRI and CNC…and get a close up view of some of the wild animal- and plant-life that make our Finger Lakes region such a fascinating landscape. Light refreshments will be served.