RTPI to hold ‘BioBlitz’ Friday and Saturday at College Lodge

BROCTON – On Friday and Saturday experts from across the region will take part in a ‘BioBlitz’ conducted by the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History at the SUNY College Lodge Nature Preserve in Brocton.

The schedule of walks and talks is as follows:

Friday

5 p.m. – Wildflower walk

9 p.m. – Bats and owls

Saturday

8 a.m. – Bird walk and bird banding demonstration

9 a.m. – Wildflower walk

10 a.m. – Amphibians, reptiles and vernal pools

11 a.m. – Damselflies, dragonflies and butterflies

Noon – Mushrooms and other fungi

1 p.m. – Ants and other insects

3 p.m. – Closing ceremony

All of these programs are open to the public and free. Meet in front of the lodge main building for walks and talks.

RTPI staff is currently conducting a year-long plant and wildlife assessment of the College Lodge. Working with SUNY staff and experienced local naturalists, they are surveying all forms of life in order to create a conservation and management plan recommending best practices for the site.

The College Lodge is located at 8067 Route 380, Brocton.