To highlight the biodiversity of the Upper Delaware River watershed and, in particular, the portion of the watershed in Starlight, Wayne County, PA, we held a BioBlitz event June 28-29, 2013. It was held on the 63.5 acre Gales Property owned by the Norcross Wildlife Foundation
The teams assembled on the site at 12 Noon on Friday, June 28th, collected specimens, camped on site, and continued collecting until 12 noon the following Saturday.
On Saturday, June 29th from 9 AM till 3 PM, the public was invited to view the collected specimens, talk to the experts, and learn about the biodiversity of the target site.
Over 50 scientists and amateur naturalists from all over Pennsylvania and New York participated in the BioBlitz. More than 25 volunteers helped run the event. 200 visitors came to see what the teams had collected, partipate in programs and tours of the site.
The final results are that 1024 distinct species were collected and identified.
The complete report and results are available on the Science page of this site.
Here are the results of species identified by team:
|Aquatic Macroinvertebrates (Aquatic Insects, Mussels, Snails)||67|
|Bryology (Mosses and Lichens and Worts)||67|
|Fungi (Mushrooms and Molds)||51|
|Herps (Reptiles and Amphibians)||16|
|Invertebrates (Terrestrial Insects, Worms, Snails)||458|
Submit a site for consideration for the 2014 Upper Delaware BioBlitz. Nominations are open during the month of October, 2013. A site will be selected by the end of the year. Download the nomination application, selection process and criteria.
For our BioBlitz we had the following 9 teams: