This year was the 3rd annual North Shore BioBlitz at Wolf Ridge ELC. Lake SWCD participated for the 2nd year this 2018 by helping to identify and teach about invasive species to 37 student participants and in partnership with around 40 experts from the area. A BioBlitz is an event with a set geographic location and timeline, where participants identify as many living organisms as they can. Some BioBlitzs are refined to specific subjects areas or goals. This event focuses more on education than some BioBlitz events, and is a joint effort of the US Forest Service, Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center, University of MN Duluth, Sea Grant, MN DNR, Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District and Sugar Loaf Cove Interpretive Center. The program helps provide authentic experiences academic campers attending our Wolf Ridge ELC’s summer program and builds awareness around biodiversity along with illustrating numerous natural resource careers to a new general of potential resource managers and scientists.
All findings of the day were recorded on iNaturalist, an awesome app and platform with a “suggested ID” function. Lake SWCD staff focused their efforts around Sawmill Creek – key finds included Northern Clearwater Crayfish and Creek Chub in Sawmill Creek, and invasive species Timothy grass, Reed Canary Grass, Tansy, and Bird’s Foot Trefoil around the shoreline.
Find out what has been recorded near you at https://www.inaturalist.org/ !