Monday, Jul 30, 2012
During the second weekend in July, 61 people contributed 1,419 hours to collect, sort, pin, and identify aquatic insects from streams, ponds, and wetlands around the park as part of the park’s tenth annual bioblitz.
Participants in the event, which was based at the park’s Schoodic Education and Research Center, included children and their parents, the park's high school youth technology team, park staff, and amateur and professional entomologists. The event was sponsored by the National Park Service, the SERC Institute, Maine Forest Service, Maine Entomological Society, the University of Maine, and the University of New Hampshire. Dr. Don Chandler, professor of zoology and curator of the insect collection at the University of New Hampshire, served as lead taxonomist.
Although this was the tenth consecutive annual biodiversity discovery event, the park has actually held eleven bioblitzes over that time period, all except one [mushrooms] focusing on different orders of insects and spiders. The previous arthropod bioblitzes at Acadia yielded 1,605 species in 248 families, including 525 and 109 new species records for the park and State of Maine, respectively. A report summarizing these results is currently being published by the Maine Forest and Agricultural Experiment Station.
This just-completed bioblitz was also the first time collecting was expanded to the Mount Desert Island (MDI) portion of the park (past efforts were restricted to the only mainland section of Acadia, the Schoodic Peninsula). Sampling on MDI took place at aquatic habitats previously surveyed by William Procter (of the Procter and Gamble family) between 1927 and 1945. Procter eventually documented the presence of 6,578 species of insects and spiders from these 27 years of surveys. Efforts will be made to compare the results of this year’s bioblitz effort to Procter’s findings.
For more information, contact David Manski, the park’s chief of resource management, at 207-288-8720 or firstname.lastname@example.org.