2020 BioBlitz

A monarch caterpillar is show with Telephone Gap Integrated resource Project Area Bio-blitz

Photo by Sue Staats, Green Mountain National Forest

Telephone Gap Integrated Resource Project Area BioBlitz

The Telephone Gap Integrated Resource Project Area in Chittenden, VT kicked-off our year long event on June 5th.

What is a BioBiltz?

A BioBlitz is a detailed study of biodiversity in a specific location over a specified period of time, bringing experts and amateurs together to collect data.

In contrast to a traditional BioBlitz which takes place within one 24-hour period, this BioBlitz will last 365 days, starting June 1, 2020, and ending May 31, 2021. The BioBlitz effort will be virtual, via iNaturalist, with no scheduled gathering of biologists. Educational field trips to share discoveries will be considered for the spring of 2021.

The year-long time period will spread participation out over time and the landscape allowing the Forest Service to capture phenological differences between taxa groups and document biodiversity. The public is encouraged to participate.

Kick-off Event Recording

The event kicked off with a virtual opening ceremony on Friday, June 5, 2020. Watch a recording of the project introduction hosted by Chris Mattrick, Rochester District Ranger 

Contributing to the Project

Whether you like to observe moose, ants, orchids, or any other living thing, we hope that you will join in this effort, spend some time in the GMNF Telephone Gap BioBlitz area and record what you see.


Data collection will be submitted via iNaturalist, a free publicly available on-line application.

View BioBlitz Project on iNaturalist

Participants will record individual observations by taking a photo in the field with their phone within the application or by uploading photos to the application at a later date. If location-tagging of photos is enabled on a participant’s phone, their observations within the project area will automatically be included in our BioBlitz as they add images and observations to iNaturalist. Technical support for using the iNaturalist application is generously provided by Vermont Center for Ecostudies.

Download the Materials

A comprehensive information packet, maps, and spatial data are available for download. 

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