Crow Island BioBlitz

by Jasper and Georgie

Conditions

Weather: Sunny

Tempature: 72°F

Location: Crow Island Woods, Winnetka, IL

Date: September 22, 2015

Time: 10:00-10:30

Description: The trail had tracks and small plants grew out of the trail. We were surrounded by plants on either side. We saw mostly bees and ants but few other insects. We saw no other animals.

Plants

Animals

WERE SPECIES EVENLY DISTRIBUTED ACROSS THE SITE OR DID YOU FIND GREATER VARIETY IN PARTICULAR AREAS? IF THERE WERE DISTRIBUTION DIFFERENCES, WHERE DID YOU FIND THE GREATEST DIVERSITY? EXPLAIN.

No, the species were pretty evenly distributed. The plants were everywhere except the path, and there were even a few plants peeking out of it. Besides that, insects seemed afraid to cross the path, except for ants.

WHAT FACTORS MIGHT HAVE AFFECTED THE NUMBER OF SPECIES THEY FOUND? WHAT KINDS OF ORGANISMS HAVE YOU PROBABLY MISSED?

We missed fungi but we found a lot of plants and animals. The weather was not very humid, which is a possible explanation of why we couldn't see any fungi.

DID YOU FIND ANY SPECIES NATIVE TO ILLINOIS? ANY NONNATIVE SPECIES? ANY INVASIVE SPECIES?

We found evidence of Emerald Ash Borer on ash trees, a green, mold-like substance covering them.

WHAT DO YOU THINK COULD BE DONE TO INCREASE THE BIODIVERSITY OF THE CROW ISLAND WOODS?

Less people littering in the woods, killing invasive species, make the woods bigger.

Jasper and Georgie