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HIGHLANDS, NJ - Seine the Bay, Watch the Sky, Join the BioBlitz
The 2015 Sandy Hook BioBlitz isn't just for scientists. Nature lovers of all ages can join in the fun through a host of FREE recreational activities on Sept. 18 and 19. Come seine the bay. Come watch the sky. Come see the holly forest. Come join us for the BioBlitz.

No need to sign up. Simply show up for these free public outings. All events begin at American Littoral Society headquarters, 18 Hartshorne Drive, Highlands, NJ.

Friday, September 18

Sunset Seining, 6 - 7:30 PM
Participants are invited to help pull our 40-foot seine net through the bay, and experience the excitement of learning about the fish and other marine life caught. Wear clothes and shoes you don't mind getting wet.

Plum Island Natural History Hike, 6 - 7:30 PM
Walk with a park ranger around the marshes of Plum Island, and learn about the native flora and fauna.

Family Sky Watch, 9 - 11 PM
Learn tips, tricks, and stories of what you see, how best to see, and where to go to see the best the sky has to offer. Telescopes will be set up to look at the moon, planets and other celestial objects visible that night. Attendees are encouraged to bring folding chairs, flashlights, binoculars, hot chocolate and to dress for the weather. The event will be led by Marc Rogoff of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

Saturday, September 19th

Family Seining, 9:30 - 11 am
Participants are invited to help pull our 40 foot seine net through the bay, and experience the excitement of learning about the fish and other marine life caught. Wear clothes and shoes you don't mind getting wet.

Old Dune Trail Walk, 10 am - 11:30 am
Learn about the maritime forest, dunes, and swale environment.

Biodiversity Fest, 11 am - 3 pm
Learn about horseshoe crabs, plankton and shell ID, plant pressing and more from experts working to protect New Jersey's biodiversity.

Holly Forest Walk, 1 pm - 3 pm
Learn about the maritime forest, dunes, and swale environment.

The 24-hour BioBlitz event will conclude at 3 p.m. with a closing ceremony. Everyone is welcome to attend.


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