2017 Important Information

We can’t wait for BioBlitz! It’s almost here!

Here is a quick guide to some questions you might currently have about the 2017 Alley Pond BioBlitz.

Here are some answers to questions you might have. You can also check out our FAQ page.

Session Times

Please attend the session you signed up for. Times listed are inclusive of shuttle service from PS 69 in Jackson Heights. Be at PS 69 at the listed start times.

Session A, Saturday, Sept 9, 1:30pm-7:00pm
Session B, Saturday, Sept 9, 4:45pm-10:00pm
Session C, Saturday, Sept 9, 7:45pm-12:30am
Session D, Sunday, Sept 10, 6:00am-11:00am
Session E, Sunday, Sept 10, 8:00am-1:00pm
Session F, Sunday, Sept 10, 10:45am-4:00pm

Arriving at the BioBlitz

All students are expected to check in at PS 69 in Jackson Heights and take shuttle buses to the site. At PS 69, you will be assigned to a team and learn about using iNaturalist. Checking in at PS 69 is very important to help us run an orderly BioBlitz, so please do not go straight to Alley Pond Park. You will not be able to join a team there.

PS 69 is located at 77-02 37th Ave, Jackson Heights, NY 11372. The school is close to the Roosevelt Ave-Jackson Heights/74th St subway stop. We will check in on the 77 St side of the building.

Walk-in Registration

Registration for the 2017 Alley Pond BioBlitz is closed.

For students who did not sign up for BioBlitz, we have a limited number of walk-in spots for Session A, Saturday, Sept 9, 1:30pm-7:00pm. Report to PS 69 in Jackson Heights at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday if you want to come as a walk-in registrant. For sessions E (Sunday, Sept 10, 8:00am-1:00pm) and F (Sunday, Sept 10, 10:45am-4:00pm) we might have some standby spots available, meaning you will be able to take the place of a registered student who is absent. Priority will be given to registered students.

T-shirts and Waivers

If you received your T-shirt and waiver already, wear your T-shirt and bring your signed waiver with you. All participants must wear their shirts to the event and sign the waiver. If you are under 18, your parent or legal guardian must sign. A copy is available for download at https://macaulay.cuny.edu/eportfolios/bioblitz/safety-information/

If you did not receive your T-shirt, we will give you one at registration. Sorry, we are unable to give out any extra T-shirts if you forgot yours or if you want one for a friend. If your shirt doesn’t fit, we will do our best to exchange it for one that does, but all quantities are limited. We do have sizes XL and 2XL at registration. We will, however, have plenty of copies of the waiver on hand.

Switching Sessions

We are unable to process session changes at this time. If you can’t make it to the shift you signed up for, you may come as a walk-in participant on Sessions A (spaces are limited), or standby for E, or F. Standby means you will only be able to take the place of an absent student, and we cannot guarantee space. Standby students should arrive at the listed start time.

Missing the BioBlitz

If you are unable to attend the BioBlitz, your Seminar 3 professor will give you information about your makeup assignment.

Food at the BioBlitz

We will have some light snacks and water available, but you should pack your own food and water.

Dressing for the BioBlitz

All participants are required to wear their BioBlitz shirts and clothing that covers their legs. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes are also required. Other than that, dress for the weather! We recommend sunblock and bug spray.

Other questions may be emailed to bioblitz@macaulay.cuny.edu. Please be aware that response times will be slow while we are working to set up and run the BioBlitz.

We are looking forward to a great BioBlitz! See you there!