Public Event

On Saturday, June 30th from 9 AM till 3 PM, the public is invited to view the collected specimens, talk to the experts, and learn about the biodiversity of the site.

This year there will be two special events the night before on Friday, June 29th at 8:30pm. The Mammal Team will be conducting a bat id session and the Invertebrates Teams will be conducting a light tent bug collection and id session.

There is a large tent called the "base camp" where all the teams bring the specimens they have collected. They work here to identify them down to the species level and display their finds.

Each team has a table. On the tables they may have specimen trays, aquariums, terrariums, microscopes and hand lenses. They also have books and other reference materials so you can learn more about what you are seeing.

As they identify species they catalogued them. A running total of the number of species catalogued is posted above each team's table.

Teams and sponsoring organizations give programs in separate tents on their particular areas of expertise or interests. Schedule of programs and walks, in formation is available at right.

There are also tours on site led by team members so that you can see where specimens re collected on site and view them in context in the habitat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Schedule of Programs

Friday, June 29th

8:30 pm - Bat and bug nighttime id sessions - Jessica Newburn of the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River Unit of the NPS will lead a bat id session. Isabelle Betancourt of the Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University will lead a session to id bugs drawn to a light tent.

Saturday, June 30th

9:00 am - 3:00 pm - BioBlitz scientists will be identifying, displaying and discussing findings (especially during the afternoon) at their tables under the Base Camp Collection Tent.

Aquatics

Fish ID
9:00 am – 11:00 pm – Electrofishing    Paul Overbeck of the Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University will be conducting an in-stream electrofishing demonstration. This is one of the ways that scientists collect fish for ids.
Macro Invertebrate ID
11:00 am - Noon - Aquatic insect ID - Stef Kroll of the Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University will lead a workshop on identifying aquatic insects that live in our streams and are an important food source for trout and other aquatic species.
Water Quality
11:00 am - Noon - Water Monitoring - Faith Zerbe of the Delaware Riverkeeper Network will lead a workshop on monitoring water quality as a citizen scientist.
Fly Fishing 101
2:00 pm - 3 pm - Rich Thomas and members of the Shehawken Chapter of Trout Unlimited will teach you the basics of mayfly id and flyfishing for trout fly selection.

Arts

Photography for Citizen Science

9:00 - 10:00 am - Nature photography workshop with Scott Rando - Scott will lead a workshop on taking nature photographs and using the images to document data to help you become a better citizen scientist

Wonder Watch Photography Workshop

10:00 - 11:00 am - Nature photography workshop with Sandy Long - Bring your own camera or smartphone to learn to photograph the wonders of nature including using clip on smartphone macro-lenses to take close-ups.

Make a Critter Book

11:00 - 11:45 am - Make a Critter Book with Lindsay Barrett George,  children’s book author/Illustrator. Learn about and draw the critters that might sneak into your house!

NACL Theater presents 'Trees'

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm –Theater Performance - NACL Theater will perform it's newest work, Trees, about the ways trees work with other plants and organisms in nature and communicate with each other. Accordionist Doug Rogers and puppeteer John Bromberg will be performing on site before and after the theater performance.

Scientific Illustration

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm - Scientific illustration Workshop with Maggie Sampson, a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. Participants should bring sketchbooks or drawing paper and pencils for a 2-hour class.

Photography Workshop

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm - Photographers Workshop with Dave Soete and Roy Morsch. They will be on hand to answer all your nature photography questions and give tips and will be on site throughout the day for advice as well.

Birding

Birding Walk

9:00-10:00 am - Bird Walk - Join Kathy Dodge of NE PA Audubon for a short outing and a chance to see a variety of birds in different habitats. Comfortable hiking shoes are recommended.

Botany

Native Plant Walk with Laura Silverman

10:30 am - 11:30 am - Laura Silverman of the Outside Institute will lead participants on a native plant walk on site to help you to learn to identify and know the uses of the plants and trees of the Upper Delaware.

Make a Native Plant "Seed Bomb"

9:00 am - 3 pm - Diane Rosencrance and Susan LaCroix of the Delaware Highlands Conservancy will teach you how to make "seed bombs" to help encourage the proliferation of beneficial native plants.

Mushrooms

Mushroom Forays and ID

9:30 -10:30 am - On the Hunt for Mushrooms ForayJack Barnett of the Delaware Highlands Mushroom Society will lead a mushroom walk through the site.

1:00-2:00 pm – Edible Mushroom Workshop, Nathaniel Whitmore of the Delaware Highlands Mushroom Society will lead a workshop to identify edible mushrooms and the dangerous look-alikes to avoid.