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Bio-blitz at Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge

Region 5, August 2, 2014
Mark DeDea and Jessica Prockup coordinating surveys
Mark DeDea and Jessica Prockup coordinating surveys - Photo Credit: n/a
Joe Bridges, Lin Fagan and Lynn Bowdery identifying and inventorying plant species.
Joe Bridges, Lin Fagan and Lynn Bowdery identifying and inventorying plant species. - Photo Credit: n/a
Frank's sedge, a NY state endangered plant was noted on the refuge
Frank's sedge, a NY state endangered plant was noted on the refuge - Photo Credit: n/a
Pearly Wood-Nymph - a moth species
Pearly Wood-Nymph - a moth species - Photo Credit: n/a

Members of the John Burroughs Natural History Society conducted two bio-blitzes at the Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge this summer. The first took place on July 5th and the second on August 2nd. The initial focus of the blitzes is to begin inventorying the plants and insects on the refuge but all species that are encountered and can be identified are being recorded. When possible, unidentified species are photographed so that they can be identified at a later date. A grid map of the refuge was created and overlayed on our grassland breeding bird point count map. This methodology will give us additional information on the habitats in proximity to the breeding bird points and the presence/absence of specific species of grassland birds at those points. The more information we have, the better it will inform our future management decisions. The Society hopes to make these bio-blitzes part of an annual program at the refuge and they will also be conducting the grassland breeding bird point count surveys.

Contact Info: Ken Witkowski, 973-702-7266 ext. 14, kenneth_witkowski@fws.gov