Jamie Ladonski - Public Education and Outreach Programs
My background and experience are a mixture of aquatic ecology, ichthyology (the study of fishes), and natural history collections. I am also very interested in the "BioBlitz" concept. A BioBlitz combines environmental education programs and a biological survey into a single event. The objective is for scientists to count all the species of plants and animals they can find in a given area in a fixed amount of time (often 24 hours). A BioBlitz gives the public a unique opportunity to learn more about local biodiversity.
Photo: St. Patrick's County Park, South Bend, IN
Credit: Tom Arendt
This page is dedicated to Dr. Daryl Karns (1949-2011). Daryl was a Professor of Biology at Hanover College in Indiana and was passionate about the idea of BioBlitzes and their scientific and educational value. Please visit this site to learn more about Daryl's life and his diverse contributions to natural history and education.
Learn more about the "hows" and "whys" of BioBlitzes from sites like these:
- University of Connecticut's BioBlitz page
- The first "official" BioBlitz at Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens in Washington, DC (1996)
- BioBlitz Wikipedia page
- Botanical Club of Wisconsin's "Botany Blitzes"
- Encyclopedia of Life's BioBlitz List
- Global Amphibian BioBlitz and Global Reptile BioBlitz (article from UC Berkeley)
- Short interview with Dr. E.O. Wilson about BioBlitzes (from Audubon Magazine)
I have been involved with BioBlitzes at several locations over the last few years, including:
2010, Outdoor Campus (Sioux Falls, SD)
2009, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore (Lake/Porter/LaPorte Counties, IN)
2008, Oak Lake Field Station (White, SD)
2006, St. Joseph County Parks (South Bend, IN)
2004, Camp Lawrence (Valparaiso, IN)
2002, Calumet (Cook County, IL; Lake County, IN)
2002, Owasippe Scout Reservation (Muskegon, MI)
Click here to see the current (and growing!) list of BioBlitzes, dating back to 1997.
Please contact me if you find any errors in the list or know of any events (past, present, or future) to be added.
Department of Biology and Microbiology
South Dakota State University
4801 N Career Avenue
Sioux Falls, SD 57107
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