Documenting the Biological Diversity and Ecological Value of Indiana's Forests
To establish a 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 is leading the first comprehensive baseline surveys to document the diversity of life in Indiana state and national forests. These surveys, known as “Ecoblitzes,” are distinguished from the more rapid, short-term bioblitzes. The objectives are to determine what animals and plants depend upon this deep forest and, when possible, to document how well they are surviving.
IFA’s Ecoblitz surveys document fungi, lichens, mosses, vascular plants, insets of all kinds— with special emphasis on pollinators, crustaceans, spiders, amphibians, reptiles and mammals, including bats.
From Ecoblitz Research to Publications and Film
- Videos Katelyn Calhoun, (right) produced Snag in the Plan.
- Taxa List from the Morgan-Monroe & Yellowwood State Forests 2014-2018
- Blog: Ecoblitz results presented at the 2018 Indiana Science Academy
- Environmental Solutions & Innovations, Inc. Bat Report December 2017
- 2015 Ecoblitz Report
- 2014 Ecoblitz Report
Join the Action!
Are you interested in volunteering your expertise? Do you have special skills such as taxonomy or identifying plants, animals, insects, mushrooms, or other forest-dwelling life? If so, join us! We would love to include you in our Ecoblitz. Find out how you can participate.
Contact IFA’s Conservation Director, Rae Schnapp, for more information.