Experts & Volunteers Log 500 New Species

Through the Power of Citizen Science, Wingfield Pines’ Ecology is Tracked

Thanks to attendee experts and volunteers of our Bioblitz series, more than 500 new species have been logged at Wingfiled Pines.

Using iNaturalist, a crowd-sourced biodiversity tracking app, Bioblitz attendees have begun the process of tracking change over time for existing species, and created a framework for continuing to log new species. All of this allows us to paint a more complete picture of Wingfield Pines’ ecological health and effects of changes in the environment on the green space. We’ll share more species details in our next Vistas Newsletter.

This day was possible thanks to a partnership with Upper St. Clair Citizens for Land Stewardship, who attracted our experts, volunteers, and food/refreshment donors. We’re also very thankful for all of our taxa experts from Blue Heron Nature Skills, Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc, Duquesne University, Point Park University, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, and the Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club. Finally, a belly-rubbing thank you to our food and refreshment donors: Baskin Robins, Chipoltle, Chick-fil-A and Eat-n-Park of Upper St. Clair, and Dunkin Donuts and Panera Bread of Mt. Lebanon.

Missed out on the first three? We’ll have one final Bioblitz at Wingfield Pines this year on September 30. As the date approaches, keep an eye on our website calendar, our e-blasts, or our social media for the RSVP link and hike topics for the day.