BioBlitz 2017

July 28th - 8-00 a.m. to 10-00 p.m.July 29th 9-30 a.m. to 5-30 p.m.


In case of rain showers, please bring rain gear Friday and Saturday!
We will also have a tent where visitors can stay dry and check out guidebooks,
last year’s discoveries, and more. 

BioBlitz2017 pairs scientists and expert naturalists together with people of all ages to study the wildlife, plants and biodiversity at the Catskill Center’s Thorn Preserve, a beautiful 60-acre locale containing a stream, pond, wetlands, forest, and open meadow. The third annual event is free and open to everyone.  Dates are Friday, July 28 from 9:00a.m. to 10:00 p.m.  and Saturday, July 29 from 8:30a.m. to 5:30p.m. Rain date is July 30, 2017.

Guided Hike Topics
Reptiles and amphibians
Herbaceous plants (including wild flowers)
Wild bees & Domestic bees
Aquatic macroinvertebrates (life in the stream)
Odonates (dragon flies and damsel flies)
Soils and Geology

There will also be a wildlife & plant scavenger hunt for all ages! 

Bring your smartphone and put it to use cataloging and photographing the Thorn Preserve biodiversity. No experience is necessary to participate.  Learn about life in the stream, birds, trees, wildflowers, reptiles and amphibians, butterflies, wild and domestic bees,  invasive plants, soils and on Friday night, bats and owls.  This is a great learning opportunity for all ages and a fun day out in the field (families welcome).

Last year over 280 species were identified at the preserve!

A “base camp” tent will offer a place to gather, relax, peruse guide books, collaborate and discuss finds and compile data.

Why is BioBlitz2017 important? Biodiversity is the diversity of life within a given area. It is a powerful indicator of environmental quality. An ecosystem under any kind of stress, such as pollution or habitat fragmentation, will show a drop in biodiversity. Data collected at the BioBlitz will be used to study the changes that occur at the Catskill Center’s Thorn Preserve and to make thoughtful management decisions to preserve the biodiversity of the habitat.

To sign up as a volunteer, contact Georgia Asher at Please, no dogs.

Advance training to become a citizen scientist and help scientists record data or take photos at the BioBlitz are scheduled for two dates in July. Two Data Collection Training Days will be held (optional and free) at the Thorn Preserve: Wednesday July 19, 2017 at 6pm and Saturday July 22, 2017 at 10am.  

For more  info email:


See you there!

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