The Charles H. Barrows STEM Academy in North Windham, CT had its third annual bioblitz on Friday May 19th 2017. Of course, I wouldn’t miss it for the world, and this time I brought Emily and Melissa along for the fun. The grand total this year was 162 species, with plants being the winning group (even over insects!), although I am sure more species will be added as the contents of the student-made insect traps are checked and identified this week. The Barrows students now have three years of species data to analyze!
It was a long and hot day for sure, and we went algae hunting on our way home (with moderate success), so definitely action-packed. Found Lemanea and some other filamentous stream macrophytes for later examination and DNA work, but not the elusive Tuomeya americana we were looking for. The search continues.