BioBlitz Recap: Over 850 Observations!

Sara Amish and Trevor Nelson--two SVT AmeriCorps members--gave volunteers their property assignments on the morning of the BioBlitz.
Sara Amish and Trevor Nelson--two SVT AmeriCorps members--gave volunteers their property assignments on the morning of the BioBlitz.

More than 30 intrepid volunteers took part in our first BioBlitz on June 22, 2019, to search for wildlife on conservation lands in the Harvard-Littleton-Boxborough area. Volunteer naturalists checked in at Prospect Hill Farm in Harvard early on that sunny Saturday morning before heading out to their assigned areas. After spending the morning cataloging their observations, these naturalists returned to Prospect Hill to enjoy a hearty lunch provided by Wegmans.

On Thursday, June 27, we shared the results of our observations during a celebratory event at Prospect Hill. Altogether, we observed 346 species with over 850 individual observations made!

We uploaded the findings--and several photographs--to the iNaturalist app. Our findings will help SVT and our conservation partners better manage our lands, and they will also help other researchers study wildlife patterns.

Visit the BioBlitz iNaturalist page to see our results, including the results from our Discovery Days when we trained volunteers in the skills they would need for BioBlitz. And if you are so inclined, you can help us identify some of the more mysterious species we encountered!

(To learn which properties were included in the BioBlitz, download the PDF that we provided to participants.)

Thank you to everyone who participated, and special thanks to Community Harvest Project at Prospect Hill Farm for hosting these events.

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