The A.C. Moore Herbarium at the University of South Carolina and the Rosewood Community Council will partner to conduct a BioBlitz at the Owens Field Park in the Rosewood Community on Saturday, March 9. Citizen scientists and interested community members are invited to take part in the survey, which will document the plant species along the Park’s trail system. A team of botanists affiliated with the A.C. Moore Herbarium will lead the study.
This BioBlitz will provide important information about environmental quality and land use changes in the Rosewood area. Documenting the Park’s botanical diversity will also allow for a better understanding of the natural plant communities that once occurred throughout the Rosewood area and will foster a greater appreciation for the community’s remaining natural areas.
Owens Field Park is a recreational area used by the public. Improvements to the Park’s trail system are being funded by the Richland County Conservation Commission.
The BioBlitz is open to the public. Participants should meet at the parking lot on the corner of South Holly Street and Airport Blvd adjacent to Memorial Stadium at 10 am on Saturday, March 9. Maps, data sheets and instructions will be provided; participants may bring garden gloves, digital cameras, and/or handheld GPS devices. No prior experience is required. Dress appropriately for outside work (closed toed shoes recommended) and bring a water bottle. The BioBlitz will be rescheduled in the event of inclement weather.
For more information about the BioBlitz, contact Herrick Brown at the A.C. Moore Herbarium at 803-777-8175.