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NEON bycatch preserved in DMNS collections

Posted 9/10/2014 12:09 AM by Frank Krell | Comments

The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) is a continental-scale observatory that measures the causes and effects of climate change, land use change and invasive species on U.S. ecosystems. They do extensive pitfall trapping on observatory sites all over the continent. Although focused on some core groups, such as ground beetles, a wide array of invertebrates gets trapped and preserved as bycatch. The Denver Museum of Nature & Science won the contract to serve as a repository for this bycatch, sorting it to order by whatever manageable group. The Museum is holding it available for any interested researchers and actively contacting experts to interest them in working with this material. On Monday, four representatives of NEON, Michael Denslow, Gail Dethloff, Tracey Baldwin, and Jeremy Rappaport visited DMNS and delivered the first four boxes full of bycatch samples. Monday was also the day that the DMNS Zoology Collections started the move into the new Rocky Mountain Science Collections Center, our new state-of-the-art collections facility on the south side of the building. After the move of the entomology collection later in the fall, we will start sorting the samples and post new volunteer opportunities related to sorting and preserving the NEON material.

is a continental-scale observatory that measures the causes and effects of climate change, land use change and invasive species on U.S. ecosystems. - See more at: http://www.neoninc.org/#sthash.br4H0GSp.dpuf
is a continental-scale observatory that measures the causes and effects of climate change, land use change and invasive species on U.S. ecosystems. -is a continental-scale observatory that measures the causes and effects of climate change, land use change and invasive species on U.S. ecosystems. - See more at: http://www.neoninc.org/#sthash.br4H0GSp.dpuf
is a continental-scale observatory that measures the causes and effects of climate change, land use change and invasive species on U.S. ecosystems. - See more at: http://www.neoninc.org/#sthash.br4H0GSp.dpuf
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