On July 11 and 12, for exactly 24 hours, more than
150 biologists, naturalists and other curious folks gathered in Montpelier,
Vermont, to discover every living thing they could find.
It was the first-ever BioBlitz of a state capital.
What’s a BioBlitz?
BioBlitzes are a blend of science, celebration, education,
community, and loads of fun. Scientists and ordinary citizens fan
out to find orchids and otters, ferns and frogs, birds and butterflies,
lichens and liverworts. Anything living is fair game. And it all
happens in one 24-hour period.
typically cover a park or nature preserve. The Montpelier BioBlitz
covered the entire city. It was a city-wide nature festival: landowners
discovering the flowers and birds on their property; school
children learning science and the natural gifts within their
community; guest lectures on nature; and the city’s restaurants
and other merchants joining the celebration.The official BioBlitz
clock ran from July 11 at 3pm untiil July 12 at 3 pm. We
ended the event with a huge barbecue supper where we produced
a preliminary tally all the species we found.
Slideshow images © Jim Deshler, Mitch Moraski,