BioBlitz: Discovering the Ecosystem of New York City

It was the first year that the Macaulay Honors College hosted this event and it was something quite intriguing. From a student’s initial viewpoint, the idea isn’t all that exciting. Spending a part of your day in central park observing animals doesn’t sound like all that much fun, but it resulted in students becoming passionate and educated about the ecosystem in which we live in.

When one thinks about New York City, one thinks of tall buildings, overcrowded streets, and traffic jams; not the vast array of wildlife that inhabit it.

I was unable to attend the event, but I was told about the exciting experience that my peers had.

Bioblitz has been beneficial to both the student body and New York City. In one way, students collected valuable data that marked the creatures that dwell in the city. In another way, the City’s brightest youth have been educated about the importance of maintaining this valuable ecosystem.

According to the New York Times, a new species of a turtle was discovered by a student. It is exciting to see that the diversity in New York City stretches beyond just humans and into the animal kingdom.

About Jon Park

My name is Jon Park and I come from a diverse background. I am Korean, but I was born in Thailand, grew up in Taiwan, lived in Kansas for a year and have been living in New York for 7 years. This is one of the reasons I love traveling and exploring new cultures. My favorite part about experiencing new cultures is trying out new food. I enjoy doing what most guys like to do. I play sports and I am the founder and President of Baruch Soccer Club that won rookie club of the year last year. I enjoy meeting new people, trying new things, and am looking forward to a good year at Baruch.
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