Results of last week's bioblitz at Reflection Riding
A bioblitz is an intense period of biological surveying. The purpose is to record all living species within a specific area. In this case, it was a 24 hour period at Reflection Riding last week. Here is what they found.
A total of 360 different species were counted. The rain last Friday played a role in the results, bringing in about half than what was expected. This was the 6th bioblitz for Reflection Riding.
"Combined, we've ended up with 1300 different species of plants, animals, fungi, any living organism," says Director of Education at Reflection Riding, Corey Hagen.
Those numbers come from the five previous events from 2007-2011. Hagen says conducting the research at night is especially important for insects and snakes.
"They'll get up on roadbeds, and warm themselves up because the road retains the heat," adds Hagen.
Collectors take photos and upload them instantly to the I-Naturalist App, which is helping Hagen track what's changing.
"It's a global database. So, people from all over the world are using this app. And, it's a way for scientists to determine all kinds of things about how populations are spreading," adds Hagen.
The bioblitz helps scientists determine what's endangered in our area, and what's not. This opportunity also allows citizen scientists to take what they learned, and promote and educate their own neighborhoods. Even children participated in the blitz, by helping collect data.
Scientists from UTC, the Tennessee Aquarium, TVA, and the Chattanooga Zoo helped gather data during this period.
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