The clock’s struck 12, but Team BioBlitz is still crunching data in the Indiana Dunes Inventory Tent, and the tally continues to climb.


Shortly after noon, the total stood at 788 unique species for the official closing ceremonies. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore superintendent Costa Dillon passed the BioBlitz flag to a representative from Biscayne National Park, Florida, site of the 2010 annual National Geographic-National Park Service BioBlitz.


Within a few minutes, the addition of several morning inventories brought the figure to 890.


And now, a few hours later, we’ve crested a thousand and are pushing 1,100. All the species were found and recorded during the 24 official hours of the BioBlitz, noon Friday to noon Saturday. But scientists will continue to make definitive I.D.’s for weeks to come. I’ll report the final number here when we have one!

Photographs by Suzi Zetkus and Ford Cochran

  • Jessica

    I just wanted to share my experience form the BioBlitz, and thank you guys for this opportunity to help and participate! I’m not from Indiana; I grew up in Georgia spending all my available time outside in the woods. When I moved up here I asked around where is the best place or closest place to go hiking and experience the wonderful outdoors, I was told there was no place like that around here. I was given your flyer from my school. I also learned ALOT about the Indiana Dunes in my biology class: about how the zebra mussels that came from ships cleaned up lake Michigan and completely change the ecosystem, and how there are various different plants from various different climates from all around the world in the dunes. Hearing about all of this in class made me want to see the Dunes, then I got to see the Dunes with people that I could ask questions to and they pointed out these planets and insect to me was the most amazing thing I could have asked for. It was just so amazing to be able to see in person all the stuff I learned about in class, it made it that much more interesting and my Biology classes stick in my brain that much more. I also got to meet people from all around where I live to be able to volunteer more and explore more of the wonderful great outdoors. I just wanted to say thank you so much for this opportunity, I had an absolute blast, and would love information to come to the next BioBlitz.

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