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Ag Spotlight – Asaph Wild Area BioBlitz

Highlights from Tioga County's first-ever bioblitz!


by Melissa Bravo - July 1, 2016

Welcome to another addition of Agricultural spotlight with your host Melissa Bravo. Today’s feature presentation highlights a recent three day convergence of professionals in the natural sciences and citizen volunteers who gathered at the Asaph Run portion of the Tioga County State Forest in Pennsylvania on June 23rd. Asaph Run is located west of Wellsboro at one of the numerous mountain top plateaus near the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon.

The focus of this first ever bioblitz in Tioga County were areas of the forested terrain with attributions of vernal pools, seasonal wetlands and the large body of water known as Black Ash Swamp.

What were the volunteers doing? They and the taxonomic experts who accompanied them hiked miles into the 2400 acre forest tract to predesignated locations where they spread out and cataloged the flora and fauna present at that point in time. Expert identifiers with titles like Botanist, Entomologist, Herpetologist, Zoologist, and Biologists with cross disciplinary training meticulously keyed out the specimens using Carl Linnaeus’s bionomial nomenclature of Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus and Species.

What did they find? Watch today’s feature video to learn more!


The Asaph Bioblitz came about through the coordinated effort of team members and experts from the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry, Game Commission, US Geological Survey- Northern Appalachian Research Laboratory at Asaph, The Nature Conservancy, PA National Heritage, Tiadaghton Audubon, Trouts Unlimited, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Morris Arboretum, Wildlife Specialists, Remote Intelligence, Rick Mellon Associates, Civil & Environmental Consultants Inc., Meadow Lake Farm Consulting Services and dozen’s of volunteers who have a passion for identifying and observing the diversity of Mother Nature.


Special thanks to event coordinator Mark Simonis of Wellsboro and all the ‘citizen science’ volunteers who came out to make this event possible.

(Photos by BioBlitz participants. You can see more on their Facebook page here.)


Writing: N/A


Produced by Vogt Media

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