We need your eyes!
And your fingers, brain, powers of observation, and cell phone!
We invite you to join our community members to find and identify as many organisms as possible on the 950-acre Watershed Reserve. Come explore the trails and use the iNaturalist app to identify the plant and animal species that call this place home. This free app is an easy-to-use identification tool that documents biodiversity, organism by organism, no matter where you are when you use it.
The Watershed Institute kicked off its BioBlitz last month and we have racked up some impressive numbers as we do our ecological inventory of the reserve.
Recently, we spotted the beautiful pleated inkcap mushroom (Parasola plicatilis), a transitory fungus that melts in the sun, as well as the most reported species including the green frog (Lithobates clamitans), a common frog who inhabits still water and quiet edges of streams. Listen for this singer with its distinctive voice that sounds like a BIG gulp or a loose banjo string.
We’ve also recorded the North American luna moth (Actias luna), a large, pale green moth; a Cecropia moth, (Hyalophora cecropia), North America’s largest native moth, a yarrow (Achillea millifolium) a common white wildflower that attracts hoverflies and small butterflies; a red-shouldered hawk, an endangered species in NJ. We’ve also spotted wineberry (Rubus phoenicolasius), an invasive and tasty raspberry, common jewelweed, mock strawberry, and other plant life.
This ongoing project builds on the early June launch of our BioBlitz over two days. Currently, we have had 22 people identify 334 different species with the help of more than 100 verifiers.
Come join us, out on the trail, on your own time, and help us build our ecological inventory!
Just download the iNaturalist app and join the Watershed Reserve Bio Inventory project and your findings will help give us a better picture of life on our Reserve!