“BioBlitz” Finds 800-Plus Species in New York Park

They came. They huddled. They “BioBlitzed.” Over 350 scientists and volunteers crawled on hands and knees, climbed trees, and snorkeled ponds during a 24-hour marathon late last month to catalogue every plant and animal species they could find in New York’s Central Park.

After 24 hours, the results board at BioBlitz headquarters at the North Meadow Recreation Center tallied 836 species.