Ecoblitz

The Ecoblitz birding team scouting for nesting cerulean warblers.

To establish a more complete picture of the biological diversity and ecological value of older, hardwood forests in Indiana, the Indiana Forest Alliance has been conducting comprehensive inventories of flora and fauna in Morgan-Monroe and Yellowwood State Forests, as well as a 700-acre tract within Hoosier National Forest.

IFA’s baseline surveys of the life within tracts of Indiana’s public forests are the first to have been done in our state forests or national forests.

These surveys, known as “Ecoblitzes,” are distinguished from the more rapid, short-term bioblitzes. Its objectives are not only to establish what animals and plants survive in this deep forest but also, when possible, to document how well they are surviving.

The Ecoblitz surveys for small mammals, reptiles, amphibians, crustaceans, spiders, insects of every kind, butterflies, pollinators, vascular plants, mosses, fungi, and lichens. See below for the most recently published Ecoblitz reports.

Interested in volunteering your expertise? Join us! Find out how you can be part of the effort. Contact Rae for more information or check out the Ecoblitz volunteer calendar for updates.

Reports From Past Ecoblitz Efforts

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Dr. Glene Mynhardt of Hanover College, handles a moth during the 2016 Ecoblitz.

IFA’s Ecoblitz Funders

The Ecoblitz is made possible by grants from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust and the Efroymson Family Fund.

The 2017 bird survey was made possible by a grant from the Amos Butler Audubon Society.