2016 Upper Delaware BioBlitz at Ten Mile River Boy Scout Camp

The Steering Committee of the Upper Delaware BioBlitz has announced that there will be a BioBlitz in 2016 on June 24th and 25th at the Ten Mile River Scout Camp (TMR) in Tusten Township, Sullivan County, New York. In returning to the site of the 2014 Upper Delaware BioBlitz we will be looking to reconfirm some of the extraordinary findings (including 123 "first occurrences"), discover species that we didn't find before and tie the event into the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the National Park Service.

The Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River unit of the NPS is the lead sponsor in 2016 and the Delaware Highlands Conservancy is the fiscal sponsor. The Greater New York Council of the Boy Scouts of America, who own and manage TMR, is supporting the event.

Teams of scientists and amateur naturalists will converge on the site on June 24th to begin their 24 hour survey. The public is invited to meet the scientists, see what they have collected, and participate in programs such as walks and talks led by the scientists beginning at 9 am on Saturday, June 25th.

More information on the event and how you can participate is available on this site as well as on the FaceBook page at: facebook.com/UpperDelawareBioBlitz


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

Exciting series of programs and a stellar group of scientists will be at the 2016 Upper Delaware BioBlitz

For more information check out The Event page and the About page of this site and check back for frequent updates on the Upper Delaware BioBlitz Facebook page

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: