ORONO — A team at the University of Maine is grabbing data from volunteers who are locating living species on the campus by using a phone app and it’s all for data.
Graduate students at the University of Maine held a BioBlitz Sunday. Essentially a group of people come together to identify living organisms within a designated space. Participants used an app to help identify those organisms called I-Naturalist. Biologists, scientists, or plain anyone can sign up for the app and start taking photos and write notes about their organisms to gather data on themselves.
Roughly 70 people teamed up and hit the road to search and collect the data at 8:30 am.
“We are just trying to figure out what’s here and that’s going to help us going forward because we know we have things like brown tail on campus. But we don’t really know how bad it is and we can track it throughout the coming years if we continue doing BioBlitz every year,” said Madeleine Landrum, Ph.D. student of Paleoecology at the University of Maine.
This is the first BioBlitz the University of Maine has done. Researchers and students hope to pass this along to more folk on campus to help them continue to do more research.
“Through this BioBlitz we are seeing all of the living things we can find on campus and it does change through time as different factors change. So we can look at the history of our state and also modern systems,” said Landrum.
Madeleine Landrum said researchers can look at years past species and see things that’ve changed on Orono’s campus now.
“I think that it is a really good experience it’s a way to connect with the community actually and not just the University community but also with the Orono community,” said Eleonora Pinna, a volunteer at the University of Maine’s BioBlitz.
Pinna said they got the word out by posting the sign everywhere they could at coffee shops and local businesses.
Landrum said she hopes to work with other researchers on campus to continue getting species data on campus for years to come.