DENVER (CBS4) – Plants and wildlife along the South Platte River are screened annually this week. On April 15-16, Colorado State University has a program called Bio Blitz.

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CSU researchers will join experts from the Butterfly Pavilion, Denver Zoo, and Pinyon Environmental to assess all types of living organisms on the river.

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The aim is to clean up the area and to document the changes in the river in order to create a basis for the natural environment in which a future CSU track campus will be located.

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“People can take responsibility for their urban biodiversity and improve it, and that’s an agency for the people, and people are very thirsty to make change happen. You have a cleaner environment, an improved bike path and more opportunities to really observe, and although children can discover nature, ”said Greg Newman, scientist at CSU.

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The campus is part of a larger National Western Center campus that 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 species of birds.