Crow Island Bio Blitz

By Abby and Payton

Crow Island Woods, Woodland Trail

Winnetka,IL

59°

9/22/15

Sunny

Lots of vegetation,wood chips,dead trees,plants,leaves and birds.

How Many Different Species Did We Find?

We found 30 different species. Some had multiple and some had only one.

Common Plants Along The Woodland Trail

A selection of Animal and Animal evidence from the Crow Isalnd

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Lykin

this is fungi found on a stick. Fungi is an organism that feeds off of mushrooms, bark( like this picture), toadstool, molds etc. this is a cool zoomed picture of fungi

A selection of plants and animals from the Crow Island Woods

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.
There was an even distribution of all the species in our area. However the farther away from the trailhead we got the plants were in denser clumps but still distributed the same.

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



What factors might have affected the amount of species we found were the weather and the fact we were by the start of the trailhead so most animals don't like to go there because there is the most people there. Organisms that we probably missed were types of fungi, birds/ animals and insects/ amphibians.






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



We found several plants that were native to Illinois as well as several trees that are native to Illinois. We found species of birds that were non native to Illinois. We found evidence of the Emerald Ash borer. Sadly lots of Ash trees had evidence of the Emerald Ash borer.

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


I think a way to increase the biodiversity of the Crow Island Woods would be to remove the wood chips lining the path. Not many animals can live in wood chips but a lot more can live in dirt.