2015 PEEC BioBlitz at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

The Steering Committee of the Upper Delaware BioBlitz has decided in 2015 to support the BioBlitz hosted by the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area in conjunction with NPS. PEEC held their first BioBlitz in 2010 and plan to hold one every 5 years. In 2015 they will resurvey 14 sites they surveyed in 2010 clustered in 5 locations in both NJ and PA.

The 2015 PEEC BioBlitz will be held on Friday, August 28th starting at 7 PM and continue until Saturday August 29th at 7 PM at DEWA centered on the PEEC facility. Public activities will be offered on Saturday.

More information is available at: www.peec.org/programs/bioblitz

We have offered our support to the PEEC BioBlitz in a number of areas including reaching out to past Upper Delaware BioBlitz supporters and volunteers to inform you of the PEEC BioBlitz.

If you are interested in getting involved in the PEEC BioBlitz please contact Derek Scott of PEEC who is the coordinator. His email address is DScott@peec.org and his phone number is 570-828-2310 x 234.

In our last Steering Committee meeting people expressed interest in organizing an Upper Delaware BioBlitz in 2016, perhaps again at Ten Mile River or on other sites that have been nominated in NY State. We will keep in touch to let you know our future plans.

Thanks for your support!


2014 Upper Delaware BioBlitz

The 2014 Upper Delaware BioBlitz was held on Saturday, June 28th and Sunday, June 29th at the confluence of the Delaware River and Ten Mile River on the Boy Scouts of America, Greater New York Councils, Ten Mile River Scout Camp.

Over 60 renowned scientists and amateur naturalists comprised the 9 teams surveying the site. They identified 884 unique species including 123 "first occurrences", species never before identified with the data publicly accessible, in Sullivan County.

The site encompassed a 500 acre plus stretch of the Camp from the Delaware River to and including Maul's Pond and Grassy Swamp Pond. The center of activities was at the head of Rock Lake on Cochecton Turnpike.

The public portion of the event was on Sunday, June 29th from 9am to 3pm. There were activities for children and their families including nature walks, demonstrations and programs.

Here are the 2014 results of species identified by team:

Team Species
Aquatic Macroinvertebrates (Aquatic Insects, Mussels, Snails)  82
Birds             85
Botany (Plants) 247
Bryology (Mosses and Lichens and Worts) 154
Fish 25
Fungi (Mushrooms and Molds) 103
Herps (Reptiles and Amphibians) 24
Invertebrates (Terrestrial Insects, Worms, Snails) 145
Mammals 19
Total 884


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, participate in programs and tours of the site.

The final results are that 1,022 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) 456
Mammals 12
Total 1,022

Photos of Nature in The Upper Delaware Watershed - Winners will be announced at the 2014 Upper Delaware BioBlitz

The judges have looked at all 300 photos submitted to the contest and have made their selections for the Grand Prize Winner and the winners in each of 8 categories. They will be announced and prizes awarded on Sunday, June 29th at the BioBlitz. For more information, and to see all of the incredible photos, go to the contest 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: