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BioBlitz invites kids of all ages to meet animals native to South Georgia

This weekend is all about wildlife for many families thanks to a BioBlitz. (Source: WALB) This weekend is all about wildlife for many families thanks to a BioBlitz. (Source: WALB)
The event at the Jimmy Carter Boyhood Farm invites kids and adults alike to survey the land for native species. (Source: WALB) The event at the Jimmy Carter Boyhood Farm invites kids and adults alike to survey the land for native species. (Source: WALB)
WALB News 10's Emileigh Forrester hung out with Blue Jean, a blue-tongued skink (not native to this area). (Source: WALB) WALB News 10's Emileigh Forrester hung out with Blue Jean, a blue-tongued skink (not native to this area). (Source: WALB)
"We've never actually created a spreadsheet of what we have living and growing in the park," said Carter Flynn. (Source: WALB) "We've never actually created a spreadsheet of what we have living and growing in the park," said Carter Flynn. (Source: WALB)
"It gives them a better idea of how to protect and preserve the animals and the ecosystem," said Ashleigh Kelly with Chehaw Park. (Source: WALB) "It gives them a better idea of how to protect and preserve the animals and the ecosystem," said Ashleigh Kelly with Chehaw Park. (Source: WALB)
SUMTER CO., GA (WALB) -

This weekend is all about wildlife for many families across South Georgia, thanks to a BioBlitz.

The event at the Jimmy Carter Boyhood Farm invites kids and adults alike to survey the land for native species.

"We've never actually created a spreadsheet of what we have living and growing in the park," said Carter Flynn, a Centennial Volunteer Ambassador with the National Park Service.

Friday, biologists from universities across the state hit the trails at the national park, searching for the organisms that call this site home.

"We want to know if we have things that are native to the park; we want to know if we have invasive species living here," said Flynn.

Kids and their parents are welcome to witness the farm's historic event.

"We learned about what they eat, and how they eat mice," said one student at Furlow Charter School.

However, it wasn't just a chance to find out what animals live in Sumter County.

"We want to make sure we're informing the public about animals they see in their surroundings as well as animals that they may not see abroad," said Ashleigh Kelly, an Education Assistant with Chehaw Park.

Kelly met with kids throughout the day, teaching them about animals like a blue-tongued skink, an owl and an alligator among others.

"The reaction that we get is definitely varied," Kelly said.

The goal of the BioBlitz is to keep kids of all ages in touch with those we share our environment with.

"It gives them a better idea of how to protect and preserve the animals and the ecosystem," said Kelly.

The BioBlitz continues Saturday, March 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Jimmy Carter Boyhood Farm.

Admission is free for all ages.

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