Macaulay Students Descend on Freshkills Park for 2015 BioBlitz



(Aug. 27, 2015, New York, NY) – Hundreds of students, nature lovers and scientists will participate in the 2015 Macaulay Honors College Freshkills Park BioBlitz on August 29 and August 30. BioBlitz is a 24-hour biological inventory whose goal is to find as many species of organisms as possible. New York City has been hard at work converting what was once the world’s largest landfill and a heavily human-altered landscape into what eventually will be one of the city’s largest public parks. The students, scientists and volunteers will discover and catalog a richly varied array of animals, large and small, as well as plants and even microbes.

BioBlitz will be held within Freshkills’ North Park, once a Staten Island landfill area that was capped in 1996. Macaulay’s 500 sophomores hope to get as complete a picture of species diversity as they can in 24 hours. This 2015 BioBlitz will be the first such survey ever on the site. The effort will contribute valuable baseline data for Freshkills Park so that future scientists and land managers can track the park’s progress as species enter and leave this changing habitat.


What: 2015 Macaulay Honors College Freshkills Park BioBlitz


Where: Freshkills Park North Park (entry by permission only, please RSVP)


When: August 29, 2015 through August 30, 2015


Who: Macaulay Provost & Wildlife Expert Dr. Mary Pearl

         NYC Parks Freshkills Project Administrator Eloise Hirsh

Media Contact:

Macaulay Honors College

Sheila Stainback