Dates: June 4, 2016

The 2016 Connecticut State BioBlitz set new world record with 2,765 species identified in single day!

The University of Connecticut's Center for Conservation and Biodiversity, State Museum of Natural History, and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department teamed up with the CREC Two Rivers Magnet Middle School, Connecticut Science Center, and Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to organize the 2016 BioBlitz—made possible by a grant from the Richard P. Garmany Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.

Beginning at 3:00 p.m. on Friday June 3rd, more than 170 scientists (from as far away as California)—armed with binoculars, cameras, hand lenses, and microscopes—combed, seined, netted, and trapped anything that moved above and below ground and water from the Greater Hartford area. Many scientists worked without sleep in their quest… not realizing that they were collectively closing-in on the world record.

CREC Two Rivers Magnet Middle School on the bank of the Connecticut River in East Hartford served as the host school, base camp and hub for an array of public programming on Saturday.

The ornithologists logged exactly 100 species, including bald eagles and peregrine falcons. CT-DEEP and UConn fish biologists recorded 29 species of fish, principally from the Connecticut and Hockanum Rivers near the Connecticut Science Center. And a powerful team of botanists catalogued 631 plants. But, as expected, insects swept the day with a grand total of 1,316 species. 

The least expected species was a black bear in Keney Park. Of all days to stroll into Hartford, he picked the BioBlitz day! 

“The discovery of more than 2,760 kinds of wildlife, all within a 5.5 mile radius of downtown Hartford/East Hartford, surprised all of the event’s participants,” said lead scientists and director David Wagner, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Director of the Center for Conservation and Biodiversity at UConn. “The event’s remarkable findings underscored what amazing wildlife can be found just outside one’s backdoor in Connecticut, and the opportunities that we have as residents for recreation, for education, for discovery.”

2016 CT State BioBlitz Partners
• The Richard P. Garmany Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
• UConn Center for Conservation and Biodiversity
• UConn Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
• Connecticut State Museum of Natural History at UConn
• UConn College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
• Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
• Connecticut Science Center
• Capital Region Educational Council
• CREC Two Rivers Magnet Middle School
• Connecticut Geographic Alliance
• National Geographic Society
• UConn Department of Plant Sciences
• UConn Department of Molecular and Cell Biology
• UConn Microbial Analysis, Resources, and Services (MARS)
• MO BIO Laboratories
• Illumina
• CT Entomological Society
• CT Valley Mycological Society
• CT Botanical Society
• New England Botanical Club
• Connecticut River Academy
• Goodwin College

Download the schedule of public events and activities for Saturday, June 4 here: 2016 CT BioBlitz Schedule.pdf

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
University of Connecticut