2014 Bioblitz


Dear Bioblitzers,

            We have selected a date for the 2014 ATBI Bioblitz at the Adirondack Interpretive Center in Newcomb, NY- Sunday June 29th, 2014. This year’s Bioblitz will have a special focus on “Biotic Interactions” and will include pre-Bioblitz pollinator surveys during May and June. Please read on for further details and contact us if you would be willing to serve as a survey leader/volunteer for pollinator pre-surveys.

The Adirondack ATBI site can be found here

*Special Request: We are looking for Botanists to tag along with bee people on Friday and Saturday. Please contact ezra@adkres.org if you can help.

*Sign up on the iNaturalist page: http://www.inaturalist.org/projects/2014-atbi-bioblitz


The June 29th Bioblitz event will otherwise run like most others; collecting at Adirondack Interpretive Center and surrounding locations, activities and workshops, and fun for all ages. Our focus on biotic interactions will provide a great educational opportunity. We will also showcase bee samples collected prior to the Bioblitz to data collection and processing of pollinators.

Date, Time, and Location

June 29th 2014 from 8:30AM-5:30PM
Adirondack Interpretive Center, Newcomb, NY
(trips planed for Huntington Forest) 

Bioblitzers may come anytime, and activities will commence at 9:00AM. Be prepared to spend the day outdoors. TWIG leaders and Bioblitzers are welcome to assist with pre-event activities on June 28th at Adirondack Ecological Center.

Pre-Bioblitz Events

  • Work party and sampling at Adirondack iInterpretive Center (June 28th)
  • Bee sampling (various locations Friday and Saturday – email us if you would like to join a bee team)
  • Training sessions for pinning volunteers (various locations and dates)


Bioblitz Schedule – June 29th, 2014
8:30 am                       Registration and coffee: Foyer Adirondack Interpretive Center
9:00 am                       Introduction to Bioblitz
9:30 am                       Workshops, demonstrations, and field trips
12:00 pm                     Lunch Break (Bring your own)

1:15 pm                        Workshops, demonstrations, and field trips
4:00 pm                       Keynote lecture on bees (Sam Droege)

5:00 pm                       Up close with the macro-photography setup (Sam Droege)
5:30 pm                       Closing remarksFor regular updates visit http://adkres.org/2014-bioblitz/

What to expect

We are expecting a large, dedicated group of TWIG (Taxonomic Working Group) leaders, naturalists, families, and friends from around the region. Please inform your friends and colleagues and contact us for more information. We hope to have a diverse and comprehensive taxonomically informed group – you can help by inviting others to help our efforts.  Interested students are especially encouraged to attend.

Pre-Bioblitz sample sites

We are looking for volunteers on Friday and Saturday the days before the event to help bee collectors find local sites of interest and to help with flower identification. If you have an eye for plants, and if you are willing to help support our bee-collecting folks, please email ezra@adkres.org


Please RSVP with Ezra Schwartzberg ezra@adkres.org or David Patrick dpatrick@paulsmiths.edu so we can keep you informed about the event. We will maintain a list of participants on the website and will send out current lists later in the spring and early summer.  Please revisit (http://adkres.org/2014-bioblitz/ for regular updates.


One of the goals of this year’s Bioblitz will be to gather regional data on pollinator distribution and spring phenology. These data will add significantly to the efforts of the Adirondack All Taxa Biological Inventory (http://www.paulsmiths.edu/ATBI/). The data we collect will provide baseline phenology data for future network-based research. We hope you can help contribute to, and learn about this effort by joining in our June Bioblitz.

Focus on Citizen Science technology

We are planning on using some of the up-and-coming tools used by citizen scientists around the country. These include web-based and smart phone applications such as eBird, Butterflies and Moths of North America,  iNaturalist, iMapInvasives, and Nature’s Notebook. We plan to share these tools with Bioblitzers, provide instructions on their use, and highlight how they are contributing to regional data.

Forthcoming information

As we get closer to June we will have an updated list of Bioblitz participants, survey groups, protocols, supplemental information, directions, and a detailed schedule. Check (http://adkres.org/2014-bioblitz/) for updates. Contact us if you would like to pre-sample for bees.

TWIG Leaders

The following is a list of TWIG leaders for the region.

TWIG TWIG leader Institution e-mail
Mammals Charlotte Demers SUNY-ESF cdemers@esf.edu
Avifauna Brian McAllister PSC VIC birder64@yahoo.com
Terrestrial plants Ezra Schwartzberg (fill in) Adirondack Research ezra@adkres.org
Aquatic plants Daniel Kelting Paul Smith’s College dkelting@paulsmiths.edu
Odonates Jan Trybula SUNY Potsdam trybulj@potsdam.edu
Aquatic Insects Tim Mihuc SUNY Plattsburgh timothy.mihuc@plattsburgh.edu
Fish Craig Milewski Paul Smith’s College cmilewski@paulsmiths.edu
Herpetofauna Glenn Johnson SUNY Potsdam johnsong@potsdam.edu
Fungi Susan Hopkins   azubahsjh@earthlink.net
Lepidoptera (Moths) Janet Mihuc Paul Smith’s College jmihuc@paulsmiths.edu
Bats Leah Valerio The Wild Center lvalerio@wildcenter.org



See you in June,

Ezra Schwartzberg, Stacy McNulty, and David Patrick