The BioBlitz is an intensive scientific event in which experienced naturalists spend one or more days surveying for as many species as possible on a particular area of land. This Bioblitz event took place on the Upper Skagit Indian Tribe's land at Hansen Creek.
The skills of wildlife tracking are a vital tool in surveying for what species can be found at a location, and which areas they tend to use frequently. Determining what species are present can have great impact on how a parcel of land is conserved and managed into the future. BioBlitz events also help reveal the diversity that is present at a site, and can help better to observe how changes in that landscape over time can effect the species found there.
There were many interesting finds during the survey, and even some surprises.
Here is one of the most common finds along the creek: the scat of a muskrat (Ondatra zibithicus).
It was amazing day of discovery and science in action! We look forward to more opportunities to participate in local BioBlitz events in the future. Thank you to the Upper Skagit Indian Tribe for inviting us!