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Biosurveys / BioBlitzes

Biodiversity and Floristics

Biosurveys are an important research activity used to document the biodiversity of an area. It is these baseline surveys that allow us to better understand how natural and human influences change an environment over time. During biosurveys, we also collect specimens which we identify, mount on archival paper, and deposit in the BRIT herbarium. These specimens are often collected in duplicate so they can be exchanged with herbaria worldwide, which enhances the availability of research material in the BRIT herbarium and herbaria of our exchange partners.

Our favorite days are those we get to spend in the field, collecting and learning together. Scroll through some of the highlights from recent biosurvey trips.

We tend to get distracted by our surroundings during group photos…
We often use a cell phone app to record data as we collect specimens. 
We record as much data in the field as possible, including GPS coordinates, species name (to be confirmed before we print the herbarium labels), and photographs. 
How many botanists does it take to photograph a plant?
We use field presses to make collections.
Rugged terrain sometimes leads to complications. But we persevere! 

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