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BIO-BLITZ TO BE HELD AT PEA RIDGE NMP

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Date: October 17, 2012

Pea Ridge National Military Park Superintendent, John Scott, announced today that the park, in partnership with Dr. Steven Stephenson, Research Professor at the University of Arkansas, will be conducting the first ever bio-blitz at the park on Saturday, October 20, 2012. The public is invited, up to the first 100 participants; children 10 and older may participate in inventory teams with their parents. Registration will be at the front of the Visitor Center and starts at 8:00am, ending at 8:45am, the day of the event. The bio-blitz officially kicks off at 9:00am and will conclude at 12:00pm.

Several professors and graduate students will form teams of volunteers to explore the forests, fields and streams to document as many species of plants and animals as possible. Part rapid biological survey and part public outreach event, a Bio-blitz brings scientists, volunteers, park visitors, and students together to record a snapshot of the biodiversity in a designated area over a short amount of time.

This event will provide scientists, park visitors, and students with the opportunity to discover, view, and experience the many species of plants and animals on the park Scott said.

The Park, open from 6:00am to 9:00pm, is easily accessible, located 20 minutes east of Rogers, Arkansas. (Interstate 540 Exit 86 and travel east via U.S. Hwy 62). The Visitor Center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Pea Ridge National Military Park preserves the site of and commemorates the March 1862 Civil War battle that helped Union forces gain control of Missouri.

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