2013 Upper Delaware BioBlitz
To highlight the biodiversity of the Upper Delaware River watershed and, in particular, the portion of the watershed in Wayne County, PA, we are producing a BioBlitz event June 28-29, 2013. The event will be free and open to the public and potentially the first annual or biannual Upper Delaware BioBlitz.
For our BioBlitz we will have the following 9 teams:
- Aquatic Macroinvertebrates (Aquatic Insects)
- Botany (Plants)
- Fungi (Mushrooms and Molds)
- Herps (Reptiles and Amphibians)
- Invertebrates (Insects, Worms, Snails, Mussels)
- Mosses and Lichens
The teams will assemble on the site at 12 Noon on Friday, June 28th, collect specimens, camp on site, and continue collecting until 12 noon the following Saturday.
Some teams, such as Mammals, Birds and Invertebrates, have prime collecting times after dark. They will then identify and catalog everything they have collected.
On Saturday, June 29th from 9 AM till 3 PM, the public is invited to view the collected specimens, talk to the experts, and learn about the biodiversity of the target site.
There will be a large tent we call the “base camp” where all the teams will bring the specimens they have collected. They will be working here to identify them down to the species and if possible subspecies level.
Each team will have a table. On the tables they may have specimen trays, aquariums, terrariums, microscopes and hand lenses. They will also have books and other reference materials so you can learn more about what you are seeing.
As they identify species they will be cataloguing them. A running total of the number of species catalogued will be posted above each team’s table.
Teams and sponsoring organizations are preparing to give programs in separate tents on their particular areas of expertise or interests.
There will also be tours on site led by team members so that you can see where specimens have been collected on site and view the contact in the habitat.
Site and Location
The site for the 2013 BioBlitz is the “Gales Property” owned by the Norcross Wildlife Foundation. The site is easily accessible in the far Northeastern corner of Wayne County near Hancock, NY. The 63.5 acre site is bounded by Shehawken Creek, the West Branch of the Delaware River, The Main Stem of the Delaware River below the confluence of the West Branch and the East Branch and PA Route 191.