Welcome to the Macaulay Honors College BioBlitz site. This site is used for registration and information pertaining to our annual BioBlitz, and as an information portal for past BioBlitzes. Each year, Macaulay partners with a park in NYC to conduct a 24-hour species survey. Macaulay students participate in the BioBlitz in the Fall of their sophomore year, and then use the data to complete class projects. The collected data is also openly available to the public. To date, we have conducted four BioBlitzes: Central Park (2013), New York Botanical Garden (2014), Freshkills Park (2015), Brooklyn Bridge Park (2016), and Alley Pond Park (2017).
The 2018 BioBlitz will be in Inwood Hill Park, Manhattan, on September 15-16. Macaulay sophomores (class of 2021) will participate in one shift (approximately 3 hours) during the event. All participants will check in at Payson Playground, located at Dyckman Street and Payson Avenue in Manhattan. The playground is convenient to the A Train Dyckman Street Station.
There are multiple shifts for the BioBlitz. Students will choose one slot when they register. All slots in the sessions are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Exact times will be announced in late summer, 2018.
We have two main goals for our BioBlitz: educating students about the science of ecology in the city and cataloguing as many species as possible in 24 hours. Students will get a transformational educational experience with real scientific data collection in a complex ecosystem, and also contribute to the environmental monitoring efforts of New York City. Here is some coverage, including videos, of our Central Park BioBlitz in 2013.