[Chaos-l] Bioblitz Sat Sept 29 – telescopes needed
sayle at email.unc.edu
Mon Sep 24 17:36:35 EDT 2007
This weekend, Morehead Planetarium and Science Center and the North
Carolina Botanical Garden are holding a 24-hour “bioblitz.” In this
family-oriented event, participants sign up for time slots to join
scientists and local natural historians in a day-long inventory of the
diversity of life at Mason Farm Biological Reserve (in Chapel Hill).
As part of the event, we will hold a skywatching session at the Reserve
from 8-10 pm Saturday. We would love to have a few CHAOS folks bring
telescopes to show the night sky to bioblitz participants. Dinner is
included beforehand at the Botanical Garden’s Totten Center for you and
We’ll also have other night-sky activities, including a constellation
tour at 8:30 pm and a Moon hike from 9:15-10:45 pm. (Moon is waning
gibbous, rising at 8:43 pm—not fabulous for seeing the sky, but pretty
good for the hike.)
If any of you would like to bring your telescopes to this event, please
email your names to me (sayle at email.unc.edu
<mailto:sayle at email.unc.edu>) or Mickey Jo Sorrell
(sorrell at email.unc.edu <mailto:sorrell at email.unc.edu>) so we can arrange
permission for you to park right on site (everyone else takes a shuttle).
And if any of you would like to join me on the Moon hike, it looks like
we’re going to require signing up, so contact me so I can make sure you
get on the list. Ages 7 and up are welcome. This will be an
interpretive hike, so we’ll make several stops along the < 2-mile loop
to talk about the Moon and the night sky. It’ll be a leisurely 90 minutes.
Of course, you are also welcome to sign up to join one of the teams
doing the species inventories.
All bioblitz events, including the dinner and Moon hike, are free.
More info about the bioblitz here:
Morehead Planetarium and Science Center
More information about the Chaos-l