MountainTrue to host BioBlitz at Pinnacle Park in Sylva

Botanist Bob Gale has spent his 45-year career working in and studying the outdoors. Still, there’s always something new to discover. That happened last year when Gale, who serves as ecologist and public lands director for the environmental nonprofit MountainTrue, got involved in a project cataloging the insect larvae that serve as a crucial food source for trout in area streams.

“In all my years, I had done a lot of things outside, but I had never done that particular thing,” Gale recalls. “It was like I was a novice. It was the most exciting thing.”

On Saturday, June 2, local nature lovers seeking a similar thrill of discovery can take part in the Blackrock BioBlitz, a citizen science program that will pair residents with more than a dozen expert naturalists to document the diverse flora and fauna of Sylva’s Pinnacle Park and its highest point, Blackrock Mountain.

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