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ULM’s School of Sciences to host third annual "BioBlitz" Saturday

Published April 22, 2015

University of Louisiana at Monroe students, faculty, and members of Nu-Gamma—the biological honor society—will host the third annual “BioBlitz” at the ULM Biological Station in Columbia from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Saturday, April 25. The event is free and open to the public and registration is encouraged.

The biological station, also known as the Dr. Charles Allen Nature Preserve, is an 80 acre outdoor classroom located in the Ouachita Hills.

This event shares and showcases the rich biological diversity of the outdoor classroom.


“The ULM Biological Station is a gem hidden among the Ouachita Hills. The property is located along the banks of the Ouachita River, and has some of the most unique vegetation in the state along with fossils that are millions of years old. In the past few years, this has been used as an extended classroom by ULM biology faculty,” said Dr. Joydeep Bhattacharjee, associate professor of biology.

Guided tours will be led by experts from the ULM School of Sciences, and there will be a section with live exhibits.

The BioBlitz is a great event for those interested in interacting with nature and those who enjoy the inventory of living organisms.

Participants may hike through high ridges and bottomlands to spot and identify as many life forms as possible such as birds, plants, reptiles, amphibians, mammals, insects and mushrooms.

Water will be provided, but guests are encouraged to bring extra fluids and to pack a lunch. Guests are also asked to prepare for hilly terrain and heat by wearing appropriate clothing and footwear.

For more information, contact Dr. Joydeep Bhattacharjee via email at joydeep@ulm.edu or at 318-342-1946, or contact Arely Castillo at castillo@ulm.edu or at 318-342-1296.

For registration, visit BioBlitz registration