Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site Holds its first ever BioBlitz
Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site will hold its first BioBlitz at the Blow Me Down Farm in Cornish, New Hampshire, on Saturday, May 21st, and the park needs the help of people of all ages in finding and cataloging all living things at the park! A BioBlitz is a period of biological surveying by scientists and the public in an attempt to record all living species within a designated area. Starting at 8:00 am and continuing through 2:00 pm, scientists and naturalists will be available to help participants identify and inventory a variety of taxa. Join us for part or all of the event! Additionally, we'll have a series of guided hikes focusing on the ecology of the area, an activity tent with art and science demonstrations and live music by the Stringfield Springers. Specific times for events will be posted on Saint-Gaudens Facebook (www.facebook.com/SaintGaudensNPS) and website (www.nps.gov/saga). The event is free.
To help celebrate the National Park Service Centennial, Saint-Gaudens NHS is one of over 100 National Parks that are hosting a BioBlitz during the weekend of May 20-22;the results of the data collected will be uploaded into iNaturalist and displayed on the National Mall in Washington DC in real time. "Though Saint-Gaudens is a historic site, the park has forests, fields, wetlands, and other significant habitat to a variety of plant and animal species," said park superintendent Rick Kendall. "The success of this BioBlitz hinges on you, the public. The more eyes we have collecting data at the park, the more comprehensive our inventory will be. I guarantee we will find some things that you won't see on your normal visit to Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site."
While the park is not officially open until Saturday, May 28th, the Blow Me Down Farm sectionbordering the Connecticut River,will be open to the public on Saturday, May 21, for the BioBlitz event. Participants interested in contributing to the data collection are encouraged to download iNaturalist to their smartphones and familiarize themselves with the reporting functions. Information on the smartphone app for iNaturalist can be found at http://www.inaturalist.org/ and downloaded from the Google Play and iTunes online stores. The park has partnered with New Hampshire Geographic Alliance (NHGA) to make this BioBlitz possible.
Schedule for Saturday, May 21 BioBlitz at Saint-Gaudens NHS:8:00 - 9:00 Bird Walk - Susan Hindinger
9:00 - 9:45 Flowering Plants - James Haaf
9:00 - 9:45 Forest Health - Barbara Schultz
9:45 - 10:00 Superintendent talk (15 minutes)
10:00 - 11:00 Floodplain Forest Hike - Steve Walasewicz
10:00 - 12:00 *Music by Stringfield Springers
11:00 - 12:00 Natural Plant Communities - Lionel Chute
12:00-1:00 History Walk of Blow Me Down Farm - Marc Weinstein
1:00 - 2:00 Data collection and results
·Kelly Stettner, 9 - 12, water station where Blow Me Down Creek meets the CT River
·GPS use/Data collection
·Art and science tent
Tracks and scat tent
*Event will conclude by 2:00