By Danielle Chavira

DENVER (CBS4) – Plants and wildlife along the South Platte River are getting an annual check up this week. A program at Colorado State University called Bio Blitz takes place April 15 and 16.

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Researchers from CSU will join experts from the Butterfly Pavilion, Denver Zoo and Pinyon Environmental to evaluate all kinds of living organisms by the river.

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The goal is to clean up the area and document the changes in the river to create a baseline for the natural environment which will be home to a future CSU Spur campus.

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“People can take ownership of their urban biodiversity and improve it, and that’s agency for people, and people are really thirsty for being able to make enact change have a cleaner environment an improved bike trail, and more opportunities to really observe and though kids can explore the natural world,” Greg Newman, a CSU research scientist.

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The campus is part of a larger National Western Center campus which is working on restoring the South Platte River.

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BioBlitz has since counted thousands of insects, more than 100 species of plants and 19 bird species.

Danielle Chavira