A BioBlitz is a unique combination of taxonomic inventory, community outreach, and science education. At its core, the BioBlitz is a species inventory in which teams of volunteers, each led by an expert scientist, find, identify, and map as many species as possible within a short time period.
RGISC and the Lamar Bruni Vergara Environmental Science Center organized Laredo’s first-ever BioBlitz that began on Friday, April 25 and ended on Saturday, April 26. The main goals of BioBlitz's are scientific, conservation and management, education, public relations, social.
Identify new species and add to Laredo’s official species list
Develop lists for new taxonomic groups
Create a lists of species that reflects current conditions in the area
Conservation and management
Identify rare or endemic species and communities that may need extra monitoring
Propose management techniques to preserve and improve biodiversity
Highlight the importance of conservation projects that protect this area’s biodiversity
Offer the general public an opportunity to observe science professionals at work
Generate interest in biodiversity among the community’s youth by allowing them to participate in scientific surveying
Draw attention to an area of Laredo that is unknown to even long-time residents
Promote Laredo as a city that is actively involved in conservation, sustainability, ecological studies, and green spaces
Gather individuals interested in ecological and environmental topics so that they may enjoy an experience rich in science, nature, and fun
Gather science professionals from surrounding areas to organize and work together towards a common goal.
Rio Grande International Study Center 1 West End Washington St. Bldg P-11, Laredo, Texas