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UW-L students planning 'bio-blitz' at county landfill

Landfill Bioblitz

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - A pair of college students is looking for help with a "bio-blitz" at the La Crosse County Landfill. That's essentially an inventory of all the plants, birds, animals, and basically any other living thing in that area.

The students are hoping to recruit environmental experts and enthusiasts to help cover the 350 acres of land. "You name it as far as local animals, we get it, we even had a bear on site once. We get all kinds of deer, we have turkey, we've had golden eagles and bald eagles, we've had kestrels and red tail hawks and we have an amazing abundance of animals out here," said La Crosse Co. Sustainability Coordinator Nick Nichols.

The "bio-blitz" comes as the county looks to expand a hiking and biking trail system on the 300 acres of land not filled with garbage.

The students hope this will be a guide for county workers on how to handle any sensitive nature living there. "We're trying to have the landfill be able to know what to do in the future, how they can protect species if there's anything that's unusual or unique and how they can go forth in terms of restoration for the land," said "bio-blitz" coordinator Christa Booman.

They'll be at the landfill on Saturday, April 26th. If you're interested in taking part, you can use this email: booman.chri@uwlax.edu.

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