Monday, July 18, 2022

Members of the Iowa City community took part in the second annual BioBlitz on July 9 at the Ashton Prairie Living Laboratory.

During the event, participants helped document plants, insects, and fungal life found in the prairie. Some insects were also collected from the prairie to help inform a research project being conducted by Andrew Forbes, associate professor in the Department of Biology.

Records collected by participants contributed to the second data point in a planned multi-year documentation of how diversity changes as the landscape is transformed into native prairie. Species sampled during the BioBlitz event can be viewed here.

Facilitators included faculty, staff, and graduate students from the Department of Biology; Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences; Office of Sustainability and the Environment; UI WILD; the Museum of Natural History; Department of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences; Department of Athletics; and the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research.

Check out these photos from the event.