Crow Island BioBlits

By Hannah Ross and Margo Roeser

Crow Island Woodland Trail

9/22/15

Sunny

78°

In the woods it's darker than outside of the woods, because the trees block the sun. Also lots of the trees have been knocked down. There are also lots tall flowers and weeds along the path. There were also lots of dewdrops on the leaves on the path. And it was mostly green with little pops of color along the way.

How many different species did we find?

5 animals species

20 different plant speices

And 10 different trees

Common Plants

Along the Trail

Wooly Bear Catapillar

We saw this Wooly Bear Catapillar when we were walking on the bridge.

Rare/Loner Plants

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.

If there is a circle path and forest in the middle and along the sides, there was much more diversity in the middle an along the sides than there was on the path where people walk on and kill hundreds of organisms.
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WHAT FACTORS MIGHT HAVE AFFECTED THE NUMBER OF SPECIES THEY FOUND? WHAT KINDS OF ORGANISMS HAVE YOU PROBABLY MISSED?

The species that you see could depend on multiple factors, one being that if it's rainy and or cloudy less or different kinds of species are going to show up than if it were warm and sunny. It was sunny so the species that we missed were probably there we just didn't see them.

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

We saw cicadas around a bench where 3 paths met. There were not many species that were nonnative or invasive, they were definitely there but we just didn't see them.

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

The forest could be more preserved and be better taken care of. When people walk through the woods they should be more quiet so they don't scare off animals. Also they should be more careful of their surroundings.