The 2017 BioBlitz Schedule is here!

FRIDAY, JULY 28th, 2017

9:00 AM Herbaceous Plants/Wildflowers with Gretchen Stevens
11:00 AM Soils with Christian Malfatski
12:30 to 1:30 PM Lunch Bring your own picnic lunch! Refreshments and snacks will be provided.
1:30 PM Odonates (Dragon Flies and Damsel Flies) with Joe Bridges
3:00 PM Life in the Stream (Aquatic Macroinvertebrates) with Nicolas Echevarria & Peter Koch
4:30 PM Reptiles and Amphibians with Melissa Fadden
6:30 PM Social Gathering for all BioBlitz participants at Base Camp. Light food and refreshments provided.
8:15 PM Bats with Mike Cooper

SATURDAY, JULY 29th, 2017

8:00 AM Birds with Steve Chorvas
9:30 AM Trees with Dr. Vern Rist
11:00 AM Invasives with Dan Snider
12:30 AM to 1:30 PM Lunch Bring your own picnic lunch! Refreshments and snack will be provided.
1:30 PM Butterflies with Steve Chorvas
3:00 PM Bees with Chris Layman

Complete the BioBlitz Scavenger Hunt for all ages at anytime!






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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