To establish a more complete picture of the biological diversity and ecological value of older, hardwood forests in Indiana, the Indiana Forest Alliance partnered 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 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 next Ecoblitz is beginning. Check back for photographs, updates, and opportunities to be part of the 2019 Ecoblitz.
Conducting an Ecoblitz is expensive. From now through May 22, 2019, the IFA will be awarded a $30,000 matching grant if we can raise $30,000. So far we have raised more than $22,000 or 76% of our goal.
You can help make that happen.
The IFA is ramping up the next round of Ecoblitz surveys. 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
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
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.