November 8, 2018


Event: Opening reception for new “Cayuga Basin BioBlitz! A 24 Hour Race to Find What’s Living in Our Backyard” exhibit

Where: The Gallery in Mann Library, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

When: Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm

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Opening reception for new “Cayuga Basin BioBlitz! A 24 Hour Race to Find What’s Living in Our Backyard” exhibit

(ITHACA, NY) The opening reception for new “Cayuga Basin BioBlitz! A 24-Hour Race to Find What’s Living in Our Backyard” exhibit at Mann Library's Gallery will be on Wednesday, November 14, 2018, from 4:00pm to 5:00pm, on the Cornell University campus. This family-friendly exhibit gives a glimpse of the fascinating diversity of species—from microbes to mammals—that a BioBlitz found in two specific areas of the Cayuga Lake basin in 2017.

This exhibit showcases the fascinating outcomes of the 2017 SIPS BioBlitz where teams of scientists and volunteers joined forces to catalog as many species as possible in a 24-hour period. By the time they were finished, the teams had cataloged over 500 macroscopic species and 25,000 species of microbes at the Cayuga Nature Center in Ithaca, New York, and the old-growth forest remnant Smith Woods near Trumansburg, New York.

The new multi-media exhibit in the Mann Gallery, a joint effort of Paleontological Research institution and Cornell University, explores the BioBlitz event, its findings, and applications, while celebrating the depth and range of biodiversity in our Cayuga Basin. The exhibit is free and open to the public. The exhibit will be on display during normal Mann Library hours through January 27, 2019.

The opening for the exhibit in Mann Gallery will feature animal ambassadors from the Cayuga Nature Center, as well as remarks by Warren Allmon (Director, Paleontological Research Institution and the Hunter R. Rawlings, III Professor of Paleontology, Dept. of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences at Cornell) and Marvin Pritts (Professor of Horticulture, School of Integrative Plant Science at Cornell). Light refreshments will be served. More information is available at:


About the Paleontological Research Institution

The Paleontological Research Institution (PRI) pursues and integrates education and research, and interprets the history and systems of the Earth and its life, to increase knowledge, educate society, and encourage wise stewardship of the Earth. PRI and its two public venues for education, the Museum of the Earth and the Cayuga Nature Center, are separate from, but formally affiliated with Cornell University, and interact closely with numerous University departments in research, teaching, and public outreach.