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How Many Species Can Scientists Identify in a 24-hour Period?

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Aired 4/30/09

Have you ever wondered how many species of plants and animals live in San Diego? If so, the BioBlitz event going on this weekend will interest you. Teams of volunteers, scientists, and educators will be participating in a 24-hour "rapid biodiversity assessment" at Mission Trails Regional Park this Saturday. The goal of the event is to identify and document the total number of species living in the park. We speak to Dr. Michael Wall, from the San Diego Natural History Museum, about what's been learned from previous BioBlitz events. And, we talk to a ranger to discuss what's unique about Mission Trails Regional Park.

Maureen Cavanaugh: You might think that San Diego is way too citified to interest scientists looking for biodiversity. You'd expect to find those researchers in the Amazon or on some green tropical island.

But as it turns out, San Diego is great place to find different kinds of living things, in fact, it's one of the most bio-diverse locations in the country.

That's why scientists taking part in this weekend's BioBlitz at Mission Trails Regional Park are expecting big results. For 24 hours, a team of researchers, educators and volunteers will try to count and document every species of animal, bird, plant, bug, even fungi that they find in the park. And, the event will also feature activities for kids and families who want to learn about the vast number of living things who call San Diego home.

Guests

Dr. Michael Wall, curator of Entomology and director of the Biodiversity Research Center of the Californias (BRCC) at the San Diego Natural History Museum.

Tracey Walker, Senior Ranger at Mission Trails Regional Park.

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