About the BioBlitz

The BioBlitz is a collaborative event overseen by a steering committee of representatives from leading environmental organizations and team leaders. Each team leader is responsible for recruiting up to 4 additional team members.  

Nonprofit and government organizations are invited to be primary or supporting sponsors of the event.

Steering Committee Members

Jack Barnett, Delaware Highlands Mushroom Society
Jane Bollinger
Sue Currier, Executive Director, Delaware Highlands Conservancy
Don Hamilton, National Park Service
Kris Heister, NPS UPDE Superintendent
Joann Morsch
Karen Outlaw, Norcross Wildlife Foundation
Steve Schwartz
Nicole Slevin, Cornell Cooperative Extension
Faith Zerbe, Delaware Riverkeeper Network

Don Hamilton is the BioBlitz Coordinator in collaboration with the Steering Committee.

Mary Anne Carlotta is the Volunteer Coordinator for the event.
Jane Bollinger is the Food Coordinator.
Nicole Slevin is the Public Relations and Outreach Coordinator
Ingrid Peterec, NPS is the Program Coordinator
Anya Shaunessy, NPS is the NPS Centennial Volunteer Ambassador
Jessica Newbern, NPS is the iNaturalist mobile app coordinator/pro observer

The Delaware Highlands Conservancy is the Fiscal Sponsor for the event and all contributions to the event through the Conservancy are tax deductible.

Team Leaders

 Aquatic Macroinvertebrates – Dr. Caleb Tzilkowski of the NPS Eastern Rivers and Mountains Inventory and Monitoring Network
Birds –Dr. Matt Marshall of the NPS Eastern Rivers and Mountains Inventory and Monitoring Network
Botany – Doug Manning of the NPS Eastern Rivers and Mountains Inventory and Monitoring Network
Fish - Dr. Richard Horwitz, The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, Patrick Center for Environmental Research
Fungi - Jack Barnett, Delaware Highlands Mushroom Society
Herps - Dr. Thomas LaDuke, East Stroudsburg University
Terrestrial Invertebrates – Dr. Jon Gelhaus of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
Mammals - Dr Howard Whidden, East Stroudsburg University
Mosses and Lichens - Dr. Scott LaGreca, Cornell University


Sponsoring Organizations

Catskill Mountainkeeper
Cooperative Extension Sullivan County
Delaware Highlands Conservancy
Delaware Highlands Mushroom Society
Delaware Riverkeeper Network
Fox Foundation
Friends of the Upper Delaware River
Greater New York Councils, Boy Scouts of America
National Park Service, Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River
Norcross Wildlife Foundation
Open Space Institute
Pennsylvania Native Plant Society
Sullivan County Audubon Society
The Nature Conservancy, NY and PA
Thompson Sanitation of Rock Hill
Upper Delaware Council

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