The 2017 BioBlitz Schedule is coming next week! (check back for updates)


FRIDAY, JUNE 10, 2016

  • 8:00 AM  Birds – George Moxham –  Naturalist
    9:30 AM  Soils – Justin O’Dea -Cornell Extension
    11:00 AM Mushrooms and other Fungi – Bill Bakaitis – Retired Prof. SUNY Dutchess
    11:00 AM Invasive Plants – Dan Snider – CRISP
    12:30-1:30PM    Lunch bring your own. Water and  snacks will be provided
    1:30 PM   Butterflies– Steve Chorvas – Naturalist
    3:00 PM   Reptiles and Amphibians – Jason Tesauro- Hudsonia
    4:30 PM   Herbaceous Plants – Gretchen Stevens – Hudsonia & Bard

Friday Evening Schedule – 8:00 PM

  • Bats – Mike Cooper – Naturalist
  • Moths – Sam Adams- Naturalist
  • Frog Calls – Georgia Asher
  • Owl Calls – Peter Koch – Ecologist

SATURDAY, JUNE 11, 2016 (Postponed due to inclement weather)

  • 9:30 AM Mushrooms and other Fungi – Bill Bakaitis – Retired Prof. SUNY Dutchess
    9:30 AM.  Trees and Woody Plants – Vern Rist,  PhD Plant Pathology
    11:AM – Aquatic Macroinvertebrates – Peter Koch – Ecologist
    12:30-1:30 – Lunch. Bring your own. Water and Snacks will be provided
    1:30 PM Tracking Animals- Mammals – Julie Lillis – Naturalist
  • 3:00 PM Bees- Chris Layman – Bee Keeper
  • 4:30PM Hemlock Wooly Adelgid Survey Training – Dan Snider


The fields, forests, ponds, and streams of Ulster County are bursting with a wide variety of trees, grasses, flowers, insects, birds, fish, and mammals of all sizes!

At Thorn Preserve, experts will go into the Preserve with teams composed of adult community members, and  high school and college students to find what species live on this 60 acre Preserve.  The findings will be recorded, photographed, listed and added to a map.

We also welcome discussions of species interactions, relationship of species to habitat, to soils to weather, etc.  We hope to stimulate enthusiasm for biodiversity and to gather information useful in making stewardship decisions for this newly acquired piece of land.  


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