BioBlitz

NAME OF RESEARCH: 

BioBlitz at the Sandia Mountain Natural History CenterThe SMNHC is an environmental education center near Cedar Crest, just east of Albuquerque, NM, on 128 acres of piñon-juniper forest adjacent to the Cibola National Forest. It is owned by Albuquerque Public Schools and operated by the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science. SMNHC Website: A Citizen Science Project

VISUALIZATIONS: 

Percent Species by Taxa

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RESEARCH DESCRIPTION: 

The Sandia Mountain Natural History CenterThe SMNHC is an environmental education center near Cedar Crest, just east of Albuquerque, NM, on 128 acres of piñon-juniper forest adjacent to the Cibola National Forest. It is owned by Albuquerque Public Schools and operated by the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science. SMNHC Website hosted the fourth annual BioBlitz for the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science on August 10-11, 2012. More than 200 people joined SMNHC staff and volunteers and 10 scientific experts to identify as many living organisms as possible. Over a 24 hour period, 201 species were identified: 8 mammals; 5 reptiles; 34 birds; 15 trees & shrubs; 67 arthropods; 56 grasses, cacti, and flowers; 16 other.
The main goals of BioBlitz 2012 were to:

  • Bring together volunteers, scientific experts, and citizens
  • Estimate species richness of the SMNHC
  • Educate the public about biodiversity

The third annual BioBlitz was conducted at the Rio Grande Nature Center State ParkThe RGNC is in Albuquerque, NM on the Rio Grande flyway and offers excellent bird watching as well as indoor and outdoor wildlife viewing areas and trail access to the Rio Grande. more about RGNC
in Albuquerque in June 2011.

NAME OF RESEARCHERS: 

Rosie Norlander, Paul Mauermann, Chris Modelski, and Vince Case, Sandia Mountain Natural History Center, New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science, New Mexico, USA

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RESEARCH SITE: 
Sandia Mountain Natural History Center
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About the Researchers: 

The education staff of the SMNHC consists of an eclectic blend of naturalists, biologists, historians and artists who all share a .. Read more

Questions: 

Reading the Graph

1. Researchers collected data on how many different taxa at the SMNHC?

2. Which taxon was found at the RGNC, but not at the SMNHC? Why?

Making Inferences

3. Thinking about the different ecosystems, what is your hypothesis for why a higher percentage of bird species were found at the RGNC than at the SMNHC?

4. The SMNHC BioBlitz was conducted in August. When during the year would you expect to find fewer arthropods?

Digging Deeper

5. The next BioBlitz at the SMNHC is scheduled for late spring. In what way do you think the results will be different? Describe the differences you would expect to see in at least two taxa.

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