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BioBlitz Bonanza

February 22-26, 2016

Join Las Positas College's Biology Program in celebration of Livermore's Science and Engineering Month with a variety of projects, large and small, and BioBlitzing events for all ages.

Special Events

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Bioblitz Birding Bonanza

Biology Department
Friday, February 26, 6:30 a.m. — 8 a.m.
Open to the public; meet by the greenhouse next to Building 1850
Parking $2

Join the Morning Chorus! Expert birder and Lindsay Wildlife Museum Docent Tracy Farrington will lead us on a morning bird walk that allows us to eavesdrop on our many bird species as they sing themselves awake. You will walk away with a deep appreciation of avian biodiversity on the Las Positas College campus. Wear comfortable shoes and layers. Bring binoculars if possible. We will have some to lend.

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Exploring the Native Plant Trail

Tom Fuller and Carole Frost, Horticulture Department
William Kossow, Horticulture Club
Friday, February 26, 2 pm – 4 pm
Open to the public; meet along the Loop Road in the parking lot/driveway by Building 1900
Parking $2

Horticulture faculty and Horticulture Club students will lead a tour of the Las Positas College Native Plant Trail.

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BioBlizzz! with Hippopotamus Dichotomous:
A Schoolyard Adventure in Biodiversity

Biology Club and Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society
Friday, February 26

Las Positas College Biology students from Biology Club and Beta Beta Beta Honor Society will lead an afternoon biodiversity discovery event for teachers and students in grades 1 through 3 at a Livermore elementary school. The curriculum materials and activities were developed by students Josh Gates, Ashley Hoover, and Ashley Kim, with support from their faculty advisor.

Course & Student Club Activities

Woody Plant Diversity

Michal Shuldman, General Botany, Biology Department
Tuesday, February 23

Students will use keys to identify woody plant diversity on campus.

Microbial Environmental Sampling

Barbara Zingg, Microbiology, Biology Department
Tuesday and Thursday, February 23 and 24

Microbiology students will sample and survey bacteria and fungi across campus.

BioBlitzzz! with Hippopotamus Dichotomous

Nan Ho, Cell and Molecular Biology, Biology Department
Josh Gates and Ashley Hoover, Biology Club
Wednesday, February 24

Students will pilot the BioBlitzzz! dichotomous key exercise developed by Biology Club members, and be introduced to Hippopotamus Dichotomous, a character invented by student Josh Gates and illustrated by student Ashley Hoover.

Comparative Insect Biodiversity

Nan Ho, General Zoology, Biology Department
Wednesday, February 24

Zoology students compare insect biodiversity at different locations on campus.

Ecological Measurement and Correlation with Insect Diversity

Jeffrey Judd, General Zoology, Biology Department
Wednesday, February 24

Zoology students will take pertinent ecological measurements such as temperature, light levels, and habitat grain, then look for correlation with insect diversity at different locations on campus.

Biology Club and Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society are also helping to support Science and Engineering Month by serving as

  • Judges, 2016 Science Odyssey, Junction Avenue K-8 School, February 17
  • Volunteers, Tri-Valley Expanding Your Horizons career conference at LPC, February 27

BioBlitz & iNaturalist

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Zoology students traveled less than 20 miles away to the cold waters of Alameda Creek in Sunol Regional Wilderness. With the expert guidance of a East Bay Regional Park District naturalist and three docents, LPC students identified multiple orders of larval insects and even saw toe-biters, worms, frogs, and a snake. Congratulations to our adventurous students!