Citizen Scientists are invited to participate in the "Summer of Bugs" at Valley Forge National Historical Park
Contact: Stephanie Loeb, 610-783-1013
Contact: Carolyn Belardo, 215-299-1043
Valley Forge, PA –Valley Forge National Historical Park and the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University are partnering in the Summer of Bugs, a summer-long inventory of the park's terrestrial invertebrates, better known as land bugs. Together, the park and the academy invite those interested in learning about and contributing to the research to act as "citizen scientists" by observing and participating in two 24-hour BioBlitz events and a summer-long invertebrate "photoblitz." Activities are available for "scientists" of all ages and experience levels. The park will kick off the Summer of Bugs on May 30 with a 24-hour BioBlitz based in the park's Education Center. Base camp will be open to the public from 2:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. on Friday, May 30, and from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 31 with a special photography workshop from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Follow the project this summer and share your discoveries by using the hashtag, #summerofbugs.
"The BioBlitzs will help the park collect data on a group of animals for which the park has very little information," shared Amy Ruhe, Biologist at Valley Forge NHP. "Terrestrial invertebrates represent our last major data gap. Conducting blitzs during two different seasons will provide the greatest opportunity to catalogue the variety of species in the park and enable more volunteers to participate in the activities."
All events are free and open to the public. Select events during the August BioBlitz require advanced registration and have recommended age and skill levels. For more information on the August BioBlitz and how to sign up to be a citizen scientist, visit nps.gov/vafo.
Spring BioBlitz, May 30-31
Invertebrate PhotoBlitz with iNaturalist.org
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Did You Know?
You can jump on your bike at the Art Museum in center-city Philadelphia and ride the Schuylkill River Trail 20 miles to Valley Forge, and beyond. The Schuylkill River Trail and numerous connecting trails are constantly expanding, making it easy to walk or bike to the park.