Brecksville BioBlitz: April 1

For our most recent outing, the Northeast Ohio Family Nature Club attempted a bioblitz in Brecksville Reservation. A bioblitz is an event that focuses on finding and identifying as many species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time.

Our small group mainly consisted of young kids and parents trying to avoid losing their young kids on a cold, damp morning. But we managed to find and identify a bunch of different items to varying degrees of specificity. Below, check out our list of species found in about an hour hiking along Chippewa Creek in Cleveland Metroparks Brecksville Reservation. Links provide more info if you want to discuss the things we found with your crew:

Trout Lily
Pill Bugs
Vivid Metallic Ground Beetle
Black Cherry Tree
Sycamore
Wild Garlic
Ramps
Millipedes
Centipedes
Daffodils
Brown Fishing Spider
Rue Anemone
Spice Bush
Coltsfoot
Puffball Mushrooms
Lichens
Moss

We’d hoped to find some aquatic species, but the creek was high due to a lot of rain. Another odd note, I normally see lots of birds on this trail, but didn’t see a single bird species in the woods or near the creek. Also, we found an awesome fossil coral specimen!

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