Public Event

On Saturday, June 25th 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 target site.

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.

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

Saturday, June 25th

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 - Program Tent

Stream Exploration
11:00 am – 12:00 pm – Stream Exploration. Younger visitors can follow NPS Ranger Paddy McCarthy as he explores the fascinating life found in and along a stream. Meet at the BioBlitz Programs Tent at Rock Lake. Comfortable hiking shoes are recommended.

Arts

Nature Photography Workshop

10:00-11:30 am - Nature photography workshop with Roy Morsch, Dave Soete, Scott Rando, and Sandy Long (her session will focus on using smartphones and sharing via social media). Bring your own camera and comfortable hiking shoes for instruction, discussion of techniques, a short nature photo foray, and photo sharing. Meet at the BioBlitz Programs Tent at Rock Lake.

Make a Nature Journal

10:00 am – 1:00 pm –Learn how to make your own nature journal and get to know some of the plant species found in the Upper Delaware River Valley through the fun techniques of leaf stamping, rubbing and printing. All materials will be supplied - just bring your curiosity and creativity! Meet at the Programs tent at Rock Lake.

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. Meet at the BioBlitz Programs Tent at Rock Lake.

Birding

Birding Walk

10:30-11:30 am - Bird Walk - Join Birding Team members for a short outing and a chance to see a variety of birds in different habitats. Meet at the BioBlitz Programs tent at Rock Lake. Comfortable hiking shoes are recommended.

Birding Walk

12:00-1:00 pm - Bird Walk - Join Dr. Matt Marshall for a short outing and chance to see a variety of birds in different habitats. Meet at the BioBlitz Programs Tent at Rock Lake. Comfortable hiking shoes are recommended.

Eagle Observation

All Day (9 am – 3 pm) - Bald eagle observation at Ten Mile River Access on the Delaware River. Mitch Opresnick of Delaware Highlands Conservancy will have a spotting scope set up for opportunities to observe some of our resident bald eagles.

Botany

Native Plant Walk with Dr. Ann Rhoads

9:00 am-noon - Native Plant Walk with Dr. Ann Rhoads (reservations required ahead of time via conserve@delawarehighlands.org). Meet at the BioBlitz Programs Tent at Rock Lake. Comfortable hiking shoes are recommended.

Mammals

Semi-Aquatic Mammals of the Upper Delaware River Valley

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm - Join NPS Ranger Tenley Wurglitz as she dives into the fascinating lives of the four most common semi-aquatic mammals that live in the Upper Delaware River Valley – beavers, muskrats, river otters, and mink. Meet at the BioBlitz Programs tent at Rock Lake.

Mushrooms

Mushroom Foray

12:00-1:00 pm - Mushroom Foray – Jack Barnett will lead a mushroom walk, followed by….        

1:00-2:00 pm – Mushroom Identification session, and discussion of the role of fungi. Meet for both at the Fungi Table at the Base Camp Collection Tent.