An enormous Polyphemus moth at Allen Acres. With prodigious plant diversity comes broad animal diversity! long known for its biodiversity, Allen Acres is celebrating the identification of its 711th moth species! The July bioblitz is expected to be rather promising!

The July bioblitz is expected to be rather promising! With prodigious plant diversity comes broad animal diversity! long known for its biodiversity, Allen Acres is celebrating the identification of its 711th moth species! The above image is of an enormous Polyphemus moth at Allen Acres, C. Paxton image. 

Eminent Louisiana naturalist Dr. Charles Allen pictured in his moon garden at Allen Acres Bread and Breakfast. Click the image to visit their website.

Eminent Louisiana naturalist Dr. Charles Allen pictured in his moon garden at Allen Acres Bread and Breakfast. The choice plantings are popular with nocturnal insects such as The Hummingbird Hawk Moths. Click the image to visit their website at Eminent Louisiana naturalist Dr. Charles Allen pictured in his moon garden at Allen Acres Bread and Breakfast. Click the image to visit their website http://allenacresbandb.com/

I heard today by email that Allen Acres will begin its bioblitz on July 21.  A bioblitz is an intensive exploration and recording of a designated area’s wildlife within a given period, a popular form of citizen science. The idea is that people can gather in the area and make a sweeping survey of what they encounter, recording photographs, video and sound recordings as evidence of the presence of the wildlife and for positive identification purposes. The exploring /recording phase is generally followed by an identification phase where the observations can be peer-reviewed on iNaturalist. The process is particularly simple for smart phone users who can use their built-in camera with the app, but you can use cameras and computers too.

The process yields interesting results that are shared with scientists.

  1. The first event is the Saturday morning sheeting for moths commencing 5.30 am
  2. Mac Myers will lead a bird inventory at sunrise.
  3. At 9 am, David and Pat Lewis will lead the fungus inventory.

Plants, herps, mammals etc. will be checked off throughout the day.

Bette Kauffman is coming Thursday July 26 and will be checking out dragonflies and damselflies till Sat afternoon.

Dave Patton is coming with his bird, butterfly, dragonfly (and more) knowledge probably on July 28th.

Linda Auld will be there for the butterfly count which will be led by Craig Marks. We’re advised not to forget to bring your Louisiana butterfly book so Craig can sign it.