Crow Island BioBlitz

An Ecoregional Survey by Ryan and James

The Crow Island Woodland Trail

Warm, Partly Cloudy

71 degrees

9-22-15

Plants

Animals

Fungi

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.

The species were not quite evenly distributed across the woods, there were some clearings where the plants were not quite as thick and there was less species density. Most of the plants were along the path, possibly because they are trying to get more space/sunlight by reaching into the trail.

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

Finding animals like birds or squirrels was difficult because of the number of people on the trail, the birds and squirrels retreated into alcoves or to other areas where we weren't able to record them.

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

Most of the species we found were native to Illinois, bees, goldenrod, and many wildflowers. There were Emerald Ash Borers which are an invasive species in the Crow Island Woods at one time but we were unable to find any in our time there.

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

Keeping human activity to the minimum after creating food and resources for birds, squirrels and more area for new plants.