Fall-Spring BioBlitz at Climbers Run Nature Preserve, Lancaster County Conservancy

on NatureAtlas.org© 20-21 Sep 2014 & 16-17 May 2015

Fall-Spring BioBlitz Totals (782 species)

782 Fall-Spring BioBlitz Species databased as of 7:49 AM on May 29, 2015 (final count)

Organism Type Number of Species
Birds 91 species (final)
Fishes 12 species (final)
Fungi 29 species (final)
Herps 24 species (final)
Invertebrates 260 species (final)
Mammals 18 species (final)
Plants 348 species (final)
The Lancaster County Conservancy extends a big "thank you" to all members of the public and the science teams who participated in their Fall-Spring BioBlitz at Climbers Run Nature Preserve. Together, we discovered that at least 782 species of plants, animals and fungi live in or pass through the preserve. Below are the totals for each of the Spring 2015 and Fall 2015 BioBlitzes that made this possible.














Spring 2015 BioBlitz

435 Spring BioBlitz Species databased as of 7:49 AM on May 29, 2015 (final count)

Organism Type Number of Species
Birds 74 species (final)
Fishes 9 species (final)
Fungi 27 species (final)
Herps 18 species (final)
Invertebrates 73 species (final)
Mammals 13 species (final)
Plants 219 species (final)
Join Lancaster County Conservancy, PA Master Naturalist, The James C. Parks Herbarium and Millersville University from noon to noon this Saturday and Sunday, May 16-17, 2015 in a quest to discover as many of the plants, animals and fungi that make Climbers Run their home. The Bird science team will be led by ornithologists from the Lancaster County Bird Club and Millersville University. The Fishes science team will be led by icthyologists from Lancaster County Conservation District and Rettew Associates. The Fungi team will be led by mycologists from Eastern Penn Mushroomers. The Herps science team will be led by herpetologists from the PA Amphibian & Reptile Survey. The Invertebrates team is being led by invertebrate zoologists, aquatic biologists and entomologists from Millersville University and the PA Biological Survey. The Mammals team will be led by mammologists from Millersville University, while the Plants team is being led by botanists at Millersville University, the Muhlenberg Botanical Society, and other regional botanists.









Fall 2014 BioBlitz

Climbers Run Species Totals following the Fall 2014 BioBlitz

Organism Type Number of Species
Birds 55 species
Fishes 10 species
Fungi 2 species
Herps 14 species
Invertebrates 189 species
Mammals 12 species
Plants 237 species
Knowledge of and interest in the biota of Climbers Run Nature Preserve grew by leaps and bounds over the course of 24 hours last Fall. As featured on the front-page of Lancaster Newspapers on Monday, September 22th, 2014, this is because teams of dedicated scientists, naturalists and citizen-scientists descended upon the preserve from noon to noon on September 20th and 21st, 2014. Scientific teams were comprised of members of the James C. Parks Herbarium, the Lancaster County Bird Club, the Lancaster County Conservancy, the Mid-Atlantic Center for Herpetology & Conservation, Millersville University, the Muhlenberg Botanical Society, the Pennsylvania Amphibian & Reptile Survey, and Pennsylvania Master Naturalist. Together, we documented over 500 species (pictures), yet our work continues this Spring on May 16-17, 2015.

This NatureAtlas.org portal to the 2014-2015 BioBlitz at Climbers Run Nature Preserve is a product of the James C. Parks Herbarium at Millersville University in conjunction with Lancaster County Conservancy. It was created to facilitate the inventory and mapping of the biota of LCC’s new Climbers Run Nature Preserve for both the Fall 2014 BioBlitz and the upcoming May 16-17 BioBlitz there. The icons above will take you to taxon-specific portals where you can interactively create maps of, find images and learn about the more than 500 species found last Fall. More wonderful species will surely be discovered and added here this Spring!

NatureAtlas.org, more broadly, was created from its predecessor, WikiPlantAtlas.org, to engage scientists, students, and citizens in the rewarding and important task of documenting our ever changing flora and fauna. Anyone is welcome to use or contribute to an atlas portal. All you need is a sighting of some plant or animal and an interest in sharing this information: who knows, your observation could provide new knowledge about the spread of an invasive species or the range expansion of an endangered species. Please contact The James C. Parks Herbarium with any questions about NatureAtlas.org or the functioning of this website.



This page was born on September 15, 2014.
It was last updated on May 29, 2015.