Celebrating 10 years of Black Lights and Owls at VCU Rice Rivers Center
June 1, 2017
Hurricane-like rain and a fierce electrical storm didn't keep many away from the VCU Rice Rivers Center on the evening of May 27. Beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday through 9 a.m. Sunday, Rice Rivers Center hosted Black Light and Owls, also known BLO. Entomologist Dr. Art Evans and VCU Life Science Outreach Director Anne Wright led the tenth annual all-night celebration documenting the noctural riches of Charles City County, Virginia.
When the skies cleared, the group was able to move outside to view the insects that were attracted to ultraviolet and mecury vapor traps, and walk the grounds in search of owls. A side-visit to the Harrison Lake National Fish Hatchery featured a thunderous and mighty frog chorus.
The participants that chose to stay the night enjoyed a pot luck dinner and a chance to camp out on the bluff overlooking the James River, or inside the VCU Rice Rivers Center Education Building, Virginia's first LEED Platinum building.