Field-to-collections Bioblitz at ESA 2017

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Calling all ecologists! Portland’s Forest Park is the largest urban forest in the United States and home to the unique flora and fauna of the Pacific Northwest, yet our understanding of its biodiversity, especially in disturbed areas, is incomplete. Join iDigBio (Integrated Digitized Biocollections) as we seek to fill this knowledge gap. To do this, we'll be collecting voucher specimens and their data along with observational records and getting your input, as ecologists, on what information is critical to capture to make these data fruitful for your research.

Join us via Our iNaturalist Project in support of this Field-to-Collection Bioblitz in Forest Park: Creating Lasting Records of Biodiversity.

Starry false Solomon's seal, a native Pacific Northwest plant
Dame's rocket, an introduced species to the Pacific Northwest
Native skipper from Oregon
Red admiral, a native pollinator in the Pacific Northwest

As we hike through Forest Park, we will discuss best practices for collecting plant and insect specimen data. We will make biodiversity observations along the locally famous "Wildwood Trail" and the "BPA road" in Forest Park, both popular trails likely to host many native and exotic species. We will focus on documenting plant-insect interactions using the biodiversity observation app iNaturalist.

After a morning of observing and documenting biodiversity, we will enjoy lunch outdoors overlooking the beautiful Willamette River. We will then travel to the Hoyt Arboretum Herbarium, where we will demonstrate plant and insect specimen preparation, curation, and digitization—the creation of digital metadata and images of specimens—and how natural history collections and ecology can mutually benefit each other. There should be time to explore the Hoyt Arboretum as well.

View of Mt. Hood and Portland from park adjoining Hoyt Arboretum

Mark your calendars for Saturday, August 5th (8am to 430pm) to participate in this field trip at the Ecological Society of America 2017 Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon, USA. Register for this event when you register to attend the meeting. The deadline is July 20, 2017!

Transportation, lunch, and tours of the Hoyt Arboretum and Herbarium are included in the registration cost!


Date: Saturday August 5th 8am - 430pm.
NOTE: All times other than beginning and ending times are approximate and will be adjusted according to weather and participant interest

  • 8:00 Meet at Convention Center
  • 8:15 Leave for BPA road trailhead. During the drive, field trip leaders further explain purpose of trip and how we will collect data/specimens in the field.
  • 8:45 Arrive at BPA road trailhead (9235 Northwest Skyline Boulevard, Portland, OR 97231, 45.592577 N, 122.814995 W)
  • 9:00 Begin hiking (first along part of Wildwood Trail, making a loop toward the BPA road). Locally experienced naturalists point out notable Pacific Northwest wildlife.
  • 10:00 Plant specimen and data collection demonstration
  • 10:15 Insect specimen and data collection demonstration
  • 10:30 Participants split into teams and begin documenting and collecting plant and insect species
  • 12:00 Lunch at the top of the BPA road
  • 1:00 Begin hiking back to BPA road trailhead (along shorter route)
  • 1:30 Get on bus to Hoyt Arboretum
  • 2:00 Arrive at Hoyt Arboretum
  • 2:10 Demonstration of plant and insect specimen preparation, curation, and digitization (featuring Mandy Tu, plant taxonomist and herbarium curator at Hoyt Arboretum and Herbarium; Katja Seltmann, entomologist and Director of the Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration)
  • 2:45 Participants free to ask questions, try out techniques, explore the collection, or briefly tour Hoyt Arboretum
  • 4:00 Participants get on bus to return to convention center
  • 4:30 Participants return to convention center


For more information, please contact one of the organizers: