Lawrenceville’s Fourth Annual BioBlitz is on! Members of the current School community are busy photographing flora and fauna on campus (and around the globe while on Spring Break until March 25) to see who can identify the most plants and animals. Prizes - hand-carved from Tagua (Phytelephas aequatorialis) by an Ecuadorian artisan - will be awarded to the top 100 participants. Deadline is midnight on May 22. Last year, Lawrentians identified 6,676 different species.
Becoming a BioBlitzer is simple. First, download iNaturalist to your smart phone and create an account. Email Science Master John Clark your user name and all of your observations will be included in the “2019 Lawrenceville School BioBlitz” project. Finally, start uploading your photos, where they will be visible to naturalists from around the globe who will help identify photographed observations.
BioBlitz is the brainchild of Harvard University scientist E.O. Wilson. Wilson’s vision for the BioBlitz is, a "treasure hunt designed to find and identify the largest number of species possible in one place.”
Last year, Lawrentians identified 6,676 different species. Simon Cull ’20 led all students with 396 species identifications.
Science Master John L. Clark, who spearheaded the project at Lawrenceville, has macro lenses available for camera phones along with a host of field guides to assist in the Blitz. “The goal of this project is to encourage students, faculty, and staff to gain a better understanding of their natural surroundings,” said Clark. “In addition, we hope to promote the biodiversity of our beautiful campus.”
Retired U.S. Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) spoke at Lawrenceville on Monday evening, quoting Lincoln’s first inaugural address as he encouraged students to “search "for the better angels of our nature” during this time of political diverseness.
Through House and Harkness, Lawrenceville challenges a diverse community of promising young people to lead lives of learning, integrity, and high purpose. Our mission is to inspire the best in each to seek the best for all.