Who Knew?

Bodini HerathMore than 100 members of the Longwood-Farmville community spent an afternoon this spring exploring what might be considered part of their own backyard—and what they found was surprising. Longwood’s Lancer Park was one of 12 sites that were ‘under the microscope’ as part of Virginia BioBlitz 2016.The objective was to identify as many species of plants, animals and other organisms as possible.The final total: 205 birds, fish, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, plants and invertebrates were located and identified. “Given the small area of Lancer Park, this hints at the true magnitude of biodiversity around us,” said Dr. Sujan Henkanaththegedara
(right), assistant professor of biology and one of the Longwood BioBlitz organizers. Here, he explains how to identify one of five crayfish species that call Lancer Park home.