50th Anniversary BioBlitz

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On May 18th, 2019 the Citizen Science Committee sponsored a Bioblitz that was conducted in association with the 50th anniversary celebration of the Bucks County Audubon Society. The Bioblitz was held in an effort to identify as many species as possible on the Honey Hollow Environmental Education Center property. More than 30 “Citizen Scientists” showed up on a beautiful Spring day to record their observations. Everyone received free refreshments and a commemorative tee shirt. Our participants included the young, the more mature and experienced, and all ages in between. Volunteer “Expert Naturalists” guided our citizen scientists thru different environmental zones on the Honey Hollow property. The citizen scientists used the iNaturalist smartphone app to make their observations and to generate scientifically valid data. Finally volunteer “Identifiers” worked online to confirm the observations recorded in the field.

Preliminary results of the Bioblitz include 627 observations and 247 species identified with 135 (22%) observations classified as “research grade”. Examples of some of the organisms identified include Red Fox (Vulpes Vulpes), Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis), Painted Turtles (Genus Chrysemys), Red Salamander (Pseudotriton ruber), Leopard Slug (Limax maximus), Speckled Sharpshooter (Paraulacizes irrorate), Gold Dust Lichen (Chrysothrix candelaris), Indian Strawberry (Potentilla indica) and Shepherd’s-Purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris). We hope that you will continually monitor the “Honey Hollow Bioblitz 2019” webpage on the iNaturaIist.org website for more identifications.

Everyone who came out to Honey Hollow for the Bioblitz should be pleased knowing that their contributions as citizen scientists will help professional scientists to further document the biodiversity of our environment. The Citizen Science Committee is looking forward to hosting a Bioblitz again at a future date and to facilitating programs where citizen volunteers collect and share scientific data with scientists and members of the Bucks County community.

-Written by Chair of the Bucks Audubon Citizen Science Committee, Steve Blumenthal

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Our BioBlitz made the front page of the Bucks County Herald’s Living section!

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