BioBlitz Finds Unusual Plants and Animals

Image courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
The BioBlitz held June 13-14 at Dixon Waterfowl Refuge uncovered many interesting plants and animals.

“We are just starting to go through the data. I’m sure many other species of interest will turn up,” said Vera Leopold with The Wetlands Initiative.

Some highlights of the 24-hour intensive survey include:

King Rail — a secretive marsh bird that is state-endangered.

Snakes — A 6-foot-long bull snake and three milk snakes were found, along with a number of other reptiles and amphibians.

Fungi — Experts identified more than 50 species of fungi, far more than were expected.

Loon — A common loon was discovered, usually not seen during summer in Illinois.

Dragonflies — Three species of dragonflies and damselflies, not previously known to occur at the Dixon Waterfowl Refuge

Plants — Several plants new to the site have not yet been identified.

Source: News Tribune