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First Annual Blogger Bioblitz in Ithaca

Blogger Bioblitz logoDespite the snowy weekend to come, Spring has come to Ithaca, and Ithacans are itching to get outside. In that spirit, the Cornell Mushroom Blog announces our participation in the First Annual Blogger Bioblitz. Jeremy Bruno of The Voltage Gate conceived the idea, and he challenges science and natural history bloggers to sign up in honor of National Wildlife Week. It took a little goading from Dan (fellow-Ithacan and Migrations blogger), but now we’re on board.

On April 28 2007 I’m convening a group of naturalists, biologists, and biodiversitologists (both amateurs and professionals) to complete a one-day bioinventory of a handy 5 acre patch of Ellis Hollow (just east of Ithaca, New York). The point of a Bioblitz is to see how many different species we can find in a single day, not omitting the small and interesting things. April isn’t a great time for fungi, but I’m sure we’ll find some, as well as some charismatic megafauna, creepy crawlies, and leafy green things. We’ll also get to know each other a bit, transcending our taxonomic biases. Our data will join those generated by a growing community of bloggers across North America.

If you’re in the Ithaca area and you’d like to participate on April 28, contact me for details.

The lovely Blogger Bioblitz graphic was created by Jenn of the Invasive Species Weblog.

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Most people don't pay much attention to fungi, which include things like mushrooms, molds, yeasts, and mildews. Here at Cornell we think they're pretty fascinating. In fact, even the most disgusting foot diseases and moldy strawberries are dear to our hearts. We'd like to talk to you about fungi, so that like us, you too can tell gross stories at the dinner table. Afterwards, maybe you'll notice some things you would have overlooked before, and we think this could be good for the planet.

Kathie T. Hodge, Editor

Beneath Notice, our book of borescopic mycology.


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