Central Park's 2006 Bioblitz was held June 23-24, 2006 covering a portion of the park.
The NatureMapping Program partnered with the Explorer's Club that hosted the bioblitz in order to
expedite data collection and analyses for the Explorer's Club and to
test the final changes to the NatureTracker software.
NatureMapping coordinated the Technology Team of volunteers, trained
to use the Program's data collection software, Nature Tracker on
handheld devices (PDA's) with attached GPS units. Over 160 people
participated in the bioblitz as members of taxa teams, identifying 358
Each team was assigned different "tracker" numbers to make the
identification of specific taxa, for example wild flowers (left map) or invasive
plants (right map) easy to identify.
Data were displayed 30 minutes after the 24-hour bioblitz was
officially over. During the following two weeks, final edits comparing
the data collection forms were made while waiting for specimen
identification for fungi and insect specimens. The final totals were
posted and data tables were made available to the public.
For more information see The Explorers Club BioBlitz 2006