Mobbs BioBlitz

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The Bioblitz has concluded for the fall.  Stay tuned for the next Bioblitz next year.

The Jericho Conservation Commission hosted a BioBlitz in September 2020 as part of our mission to educate Jericho residents on the natural features in town.

Not only did the BioBlitz encourage people to get outdoors while maintaining social distancing, it enabled our collective observations to contribute to the greater scientific knowledge of Vermont’s flora, fauna, and fungi.

Kent McFarland, from the Vermont Center for EcoStudies, acknowledged the importance of our project in this statement:

Knowing the identity and occurrence of organisms forms a backbone of understanding of our natural heritage. This knowledge is essential for monitoring the state of biodiversity and ecosystems, developing sound environmental management policies, and making ecologically sustainable development decisions. The interest and help from naturalists, students and other volunteers is invaluable because there simply aren't enough scientists to collect this data alone. Here in Vermont we're lucky to have so many folks interested and willing to help discover and monitor biodiversity across the state.”

Kudos to the many people who came to Mobbs Farm during the two weeks of the BioBlitz and submitted observations to iNaturalist. Another goal in hosting the BioBlitz at Mobbs Farm was to highlight the biodiversity of the park as the Mobbs Committee moves forward in its bid to permanently conserve the land with a conservation easement. We on the Conservation Commission hope that the efforts of so many volunteers will showcase this spot in Jericho as not only important to humans, but also to so many other living beings. It is without a doubt worthy of permanent protection from development.

At the end of two weeks we collectively observed:


  • Plants: 164 species
  • Insects: 95 species
  • Birds: 49 species
  • Fungi: 40 species
  • Mammals: 5 species
  • Arachnids: 2 species
  • Reptiles: 2 species


Stay tuned for a possible spring 2021 Bioblitz to enable us to add early spring wildflowers and migratory birds to our growing list.


The Jericho Conservation Commission hosted a BioBlitz in September 2020 as part of our mission to educate Jericho residents on the natural features in town.

Not only did the BioBlitz encourage people to get outdoors while maintaining social distancing, it enabled our collective observations to contribute to the greater scientific knowledge of Vermont’s flora, fauna, and fungi.

Kent McFarland, from the Vermont Center for EcoStudies, acknowledged the importance of our project in this statement:

Knowing the identity and occurrence of organisms forms a backbone of understanding of our natural heritage. This knowledge is essential for monitoring the state of biodiversity and ecosystems, developing sound environmental management policies, and making ecologically sustainable development decisions. The interest and help from naturalists, students and other volunteers is invaluable because there simply aren't enough scientists to collect this data alone. Here in Vermont we're lucky to have so many folks interested and willing to help discover and monitor biodiversity across the state.”

Kudos to the many people who came to Mobbs Farm during the two weeks of the BioBlitz and submitted observations to iNaturalist. Another goal in hosting the BioBlitz at Mobbs Farm was to highlight the biodiversity of the park as the Mobbs Committee moves forward in its bid to permanently conserve the land with a conservation easement. We on the Conservation Commission hope that the efforts of so many volunteers will showcase this spot in Jericho as not only important to humans, but also to so many other living beings. It is without a doubt worthy of permanent protection from development.

At the end of two weeks we collectively observed:


  • Plants: 164 species
  • Insects: 95 species
  • Birds: 49 species
  • Fungi: 40 species
  • Mammals: 5 species
  • Arachnids: 2 species
  • Reptiles: 2 species


Stay tuned for a possible spring 2021 Bioblitz to enable us to add early spring wildflowers and migratory birds to our growing list.