2014 Upper Delaware BioBlitz

We are pleased to announce that the 2014 Upper Delaware BioBlitz will take place on Saturday, June 28th and Sunday, June 29th at the confluence of the Delaware River and Ten Mile River on the Ten Mile River Scout Camp. More details soon!

2013 Upper Delaware BioBlitz

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:

Team Species
Aquatic Macroinvertebrates (Aquatic Insects, Mussels, Snails)  67
Birds             57
Botany (Plants) 268
Bryology (Mosses and Lichens and Worts) 67
Fish 28
Fungi (Mushrooms and Molds) 51
Herps (Reptiles and Amphibians) 16
Invertebrates (Terrestrial Insects, Worms, Snails) 458
Mammals 12
Total 1,024

Site Nominations for 2014 BioBlitz Now Open

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.

Photos of Nature in The Upper Delaware Watershed

The Upper Delaware BioBlitz is sponsoring a photo contest on Facebook. It's open to all so post your photos for a chance to win the grand prize, a digital point and shoot camera. For more information go to the Facebook page.

What is a BioBlitz?

A BioBlitz is an event where biology experts and volunteers gather to collect, identify, and catalogue every living thing on a demarcated property in a 24 hour period.

Teams are formed, led by a team leader, to focus on particular categories of life.

For our BioBlitz we had the following 9 teams: