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 forest in Indiana, the Indiana Forest Alliance is partnering with the Hoosier Environmental Council and other environmental groups to conduct a comprehensive inventory of flora and fauna in a 900-acre tract of the backcountry area of the Morgan-Monroe and Yellowwood State Forests. This baseline survey of all of the life in a tract of our state forests is the first one that has ever been done in our state forests or the national forests.

This multi-year inventory is known as an “Ecoblitz” — to distinguish itself from a more rapid, short-term Bioblitz.  Its objectives are not only to establish what animals and plants are surviving 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. Click below to see the most recently published Ecoblitz reports.

The Ecoblitz is made possible by grants from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust and the Efroymson Family Fund. The 2017 bird survey is made possible by a grant from the Amos Butler Audubon Society.

Ecoblitz results presented at the 2018 Indiana Science Academy

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

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