On September 18th, 2015, the American Littoral Society, in partnership with the National Park Service, hosted the second Sandy Hook BioBlitz. Over 150 scientists, naturalists, and volunteers raced against the clock to identify as many species as possible during the 24-hour period. In addition to collecting important scientific data, the BioBlitz showed how important Sandy Hook is as a habitat for many living things… Dr. Richard Lathrop of Rutgers University, leader of the mammal team, used an app to identify bats during a nocturnal prowl. Five species of bats were identified including Eastern red, hoary, evening, little brown, and silver haired. He also set camera traps which captured a raccoon family in the holly forest… The bird team was also very successful, identifying a total of 75 species. Fall migration is in full swing at Sandy Hook and many warblers were observed… Denise Gemmellaro of Rutgers University spent the evening hours in the dark dungeon like conditions of Mortar Battery. She returned with an array of critters such as cave crickets and centipedes. She brought the species back for identification and we are eagerly awaiting her final count.
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