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 is conducting comprehensive inventories of flora and fauna in a 700-acre tract of Hoosier National Forest. These baseline surveys of the life in a tract of Indiana’s forests is the first one that has ever been done in our state forests or national forests.

These surveys, known as an “Ecoblitz,” 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.

The Ecoblitz is in full swing. Check back for photographs and updates.

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.

Ecoblitz results presented at the 2018 Indiana Science Academy

View 6/30/16 Ecoblitz Press Release

Download the 2015 Ecoblitz Report

Download the 2014 Ecoblitz Report

View Ecoblitz Photos

ESI bat report December 2017

Our Funders

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

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