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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Bio Blitz set for June 15 in Mill Creek watershed

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  • An estimated 150 scientists are expected to come through Newburg in June as part of a Bio Blitz of the Mill Creek watershed located southwest of Newburg in Phelps County.
     
    The Bio Biltz will involve an intensive study and account of mammals, birds, amphibians and plants in the watershed, according to Jill Hollowell, of the Newburg Children’s Museum, which is co-hosting the event with the Mill Creek Watershed Coalition.
     
    Hollowell talked about the event and passed out flyers at Tuesday’s Newburg City Council meeting.
     
    The Bio Blitz is scheduled for Saturday, June 15, starting at 7 a.m. A celebration will take place from 1-4 p.m. that day at the Houston House. There will be food and music.
     
    Hollowell said the Houston House courtyard will serve as a base camp for the blitz.
     
    “Some might say, ‘why do I need to know this?’ Well Mill Creek runs into the Little Piney River, so we’re all connected,” she said.
     
    “This is some real life science happening,” she said of the event. “This is the foundation for the watershed management plan.”
     
    Hollowell said teams of volunteers are being sought to work side by side with the scientists. Advance team registration is required.
     
    The Mark Twain National Forest and Missouri Department of Conservation also are partnering for the event.
     
    For more information, contact Hollowell at the Newburg Children’s Museum or by email at mirajill@gmail.com.
     
     

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