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Bioblitz a blast

The public portion of the 2014 Upper Delaware BioBlitz took place on June 29 in the Town of Tusten, NY, affording those who attended the opportunity to see numerous species collected by scientists.
TRR photos by Sandy Long

July 2, 2014

The second Upper Delaware BioBlitz was held last weekend, with the blessing of terrific weather, dedicated volunteers and an ideal site making for another successful event. Activities took place on property owned by the Boy Scouts of America, Greater New York Councils, at their Ten Mile River Scout Camp in the Town of Tusten, NY.

The BioBlitz, during which scientists and other volunteers gather to collect and catalogue every living thing on a demarcated property in a 24-hour period, advances the effort to continue mapping the natural diversity of the region. More than 800 distinct species were recorded. [See Scott Rando’s feature article on page 22 for a preliminary breakdown of species identified by category.]

Organizer Steve Schwartz expressed gratitude to the volunteers who make the event possible. “We appreciate the work of all who devoted their weekend and to those who plan the event throughout the year. Everyone had a great time exploring the diverse habitats.”

Additional information will be posted at www.upperdelawarebioblitz.com and www.facebook.com/UpperDelawareBioBlitz.