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Over 800 Species Identified on Tusten, NY Property
Hundreds of community members took advantage of the unusual, free opportunity to interact with over 55 scientists and amateur naturalists participating in the second annual Upper Delaware BioBlitz on June 29th, 2014 in Sullivan County, NY.
The official count of 807 species identified in 24 hours at the BioBlitz is growing as the 9 research teams submit their final tallies after confirming and revising initial IDs.
Barbara Leo, of the Northeast Pennsylvania Audubon Society, noted her bird team research highlights to be, “the Louisiana and Northern Waterthrushes which are generally found by their territorial singing in late April and May respectively. These were both by direct observation in the habitats that were expected to support them. The other really nice find was an Ovenbird nest with an incubating female and 3 eggs. Most birders never get to see this warbler let alone find their nest, which is concealed on the ground. The two singing Hooded Warblers on the yellow dot trail at Ten Mile Access was, also, a very nice surprise.”
The primary goal of a BioBlitz is to compile a snapshot survey of the life on a particular property as an indicator of the biodiversity of the area. Other goals include raising public awareness, fostering scientific interests in children, and providing opportunities for collaboration and interdisciplinary research.
Next year’s Upper Delaware BioBlitz will be on the Pennsylvania side of the river. For more information the public can visit www.upperdelawarebioblitz.com.
The location for our annual Audubon Art and Craft Festival has been changed to the Wallenpaupack Elementary and Middle School at 158 Atlantic Avenue, Hawley PA.
The Northeast Pennsylvania Audubon Art and Craft Festival will be terrific this year, with award-winning new artists and artisans, a special area with Wayne County Arts Alliance artists, and a lineup of activities that will please everyone, young and old. We’ll have an ice sculptor at the entrance to greet you with wildlife ice sculptures, and educational displays and activities with the theme “Audubon At Home.”
Outstanding art work and the wares of skilled artisans will be displayed on the main floor, and on the stage we will have three one-hour wildlife shows with live birds, reptiles, and animals each day. There will be an area with crafts and games for children, and the cafeteria will have food and beverages available. Celebrated storyteller John Porcino will provide entertainment throughout the day.
It all takes place Saturday, July 19, and Sunday, July 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Wallenpaupack Elementary and Middle School at 158 Atlantic Avenue, Hawley PA. Tickets are $5.00 (children under 12 free) and will be available at the door. The money we raise at this event funds camp scholarships and college scholarships. More information can be found on our newly redesigned festival website at www.audubonfestival.com.
Volunteer Opportunity: We are looking for a few volunteers to help out at the admissions table on Saturday from 12-2pm and from 2-5pm. Please contact Jim Sanders if you are interested.