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Volunteers sought for creature count on Mount Diablo

By Chris Myers
Friday, May 9th, 2008 at 2:19 pm in Uncategorized.

By Dennis Cuff
Contra Costa Times

CONCORD — Nature lovers of all ages are invited to join in an intensive count of all the plants, bugs and animals that can be spotted in 24 hours May 16 and 17 on 208 acres in the Mount Diablo foothills.

The Save Mount Diablo Conservation group is organizing the “bioblitz” to bring together scientists and non-scientists to discover and document the biodiversity on the Mangini Ranch. The property is a protected open space in the hills between Lime Ridge Open Space and Mount Diablo State Park.

Natural scientists will guide the volunteers as they take hikes, check out creeks and set up traps and cameras to find species between 4 p.m. May 16 and 4 p.m. May 17.

For information and to register, visit or call the group at 925-947-3535.

Last year, volunteers detected 297 species of plants and animals in Save Mount Diablo’s first 24-hour survey, which focused on 327 acres in Irish Canyon.

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