Students explore the diversity of life on campus. (Courtesy of Colorado State University)
A recent bioblitz at Colorado State University’s Mountain Campus uncovered 270 unique species that call the surrounding area home, according to a release. A bioblitz is a quick inventory of all the species living in one region, typically run by scientists and involving amateurs who learn about data collection.
Organizers of the event say that they wanted to create an atmosphere that would encourage those attending, mainly students, to consider careers in science. And so they opted for a fun and engaging bioblitz to show off some of the activities that pros in scientific fields typically get to do.
Along the way, those participating uncovered some of the common animals that live around the campus as well as birds and insects. Those running the bioblitz say the event was a great success and that several students have already reached out with interest to engage in ecology studies.
Top image: Students explore the diversity of life on campus. (Courtesy of Colorado State University)