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SWOSU biology students participate in BioBlitz

Updated: Apr 29, 2020

SWOSU students were part of the BioBioBlitz outing at Sequoyah State Park.

Photo/Story by Saraya Hunt

Southwestern Photo Editor

A group of SWOSU biology students traveled to Sequoyah State Park near Wagoner to participate in BioBlitz, which is a 24-hour event on biodiversity. The project is intended to highlight the different species that people otherwise may not be aware of.

The event has been going on in Oklahoma for 15 years and it is a rapid inventory where participants (including expert biologists, students, and amateur scientists) count as many species as possible in 24 hours. This year, 879 different species of plants, fungi, lichen, reptiles, fish, and invertebrates were counted.

The event is organized by Dr. Pricilla Crawford and members of OU’s biology department. Two of SWOSU’s professors, Dr. Cothran and Dr. Castle, led three of many activities on Saturday. SWOSU students finished out the weekend by pulling out invasive red cedar trees as a service project on Sunday.

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