Tuesday, September 16, 2008

BioBlitz Word Cloud

A cloud of all the words on this blog. Sums it up nicely, I think.

Word cloud created with Wordle

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Final Species Lists

This is the final update for the Middlefork Savanna BioBlitz 2008.

How is it possible this list is still growing when the "blitz" was in June? For a variety of reasons, not every subject collected during BioBlitz was positively ID-ed on site that day. As those species were determined, they were added to the official tally.

This final update includes 30 aphid species identified by David Voegtlin and Doris Lagos of the Illinois Natural History Survey and two fungal species identified by Patrick Leacock of The Field Museum, Cerrena unicolor and Cordyceps anamorph sp.1. There were also some updates made to other tables. This final report also eliminates duplicates caused by spelling errors. Final, final count: 1,105 species.

Many thanks to all who participated.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Blogging about BioBlitz

LCFPD's first foray into live blogging has been a great lot of fun. I thought I'd poke around on Technorati a bit to see whether others had written about the Middlefork Savanna BioBlitz on their blogs. Here is what turned up:

Encyclopedia of Life (Alta Buden): Illinois BioBlitz
Celestial Ramblings: So what do scientists do for fun on a Friday night?, What is BioBlitz, anyway?
Gossamer Tapestry (Doug Taron): Off to BioBlitz, Week from hell

Thursday, July 3, 2008

BioBlitz article in Pioneer Press

Big bug collection at Middlefork Savanna
July 3, 2008

By LINDA BLASER lblaser@pioneerlocal.com

The circus style white tent glowed eerily on the blackened soccer field adjacent to Middlefork Savanna near midnight Friday.

Inside, taxonomists huddled around microscopes trying to determine what exactly it was they collected during a biodiversity blitz at Middlefork Savanna some eight hours earlier. [ rest of article » ]

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Official count tops 1,000

Data submitted since the end of the event has brought the species inventory at Middlefork Savanna up to 1,054 species - and still growing.

Data continues to trickle in as participating taxonomists finish sorting and keying things out.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Bird count: 82 species, 1,713 individuals

Final tally just in: 1,713 birds comprising 82 species.

Notables included Wilson's phalarope, king rail, least bittern, bald eagle. Any others? Note in comments, please.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Follow-up Event September 13

The History and Ecological Significance of the Middlefork Savanna Preserve and An Account of Species Found During BioBlitz

Saturday, September 13
Elawa Farm, 1401 Middlefork Dr, Lake Forest
2 - 4 p.m.: Slide presentations and Q&A in the main barn
4 - 5 p.m.: Guided walks in the preserve

Stephen Christy, landscape architect and long-time landscape consultant for Lake Forest Open Lands, will tell the incredible history of how the Middlefork Savanna was saved as a nature preserve.

Ken Klick, restoration ecologist for the Lake County Forest Preserve District, will present the results of today's BioBlitz.

Presented by the Gardeners at Elawa Farm, The Wildlife Discovery Center, the Lake County Forest Preserve District and Lake Forest Open Lands Association.