This year was the first annual Bio-blitz at the biological station. In short the Bio-blitz is a survey of the flora and fauna that exist within the bio station property lines. There were many ventures from many parties that made this a successful event. My role in this event was minor, with exception to observing a floral species survey.

Our party was lead by Burton V. Barnes. I am currently taking forest ecosystems, which Dr. Barnes is teaching. Since there has been talk of the Bio-blitz this summer, in class there has been echoes from Dr. Barnes that he has already taken a inventory of all the different ecosystems in the area. “We’ve Eco-blitzed this entire place already,” Burt says, and this inventory has been completed for some time. Even though his job for this year’s Bio-blitz was completed long ago, he still participated with his usual comical enthusiasm.

Dr Barnes’ enthusiasm in the field is palpable, and his sense of humor is just as easily felt. Seen in the “hat” that he made in preparation of this very serious survey. He wore a red bicycle helmet complete with visor and chinstraps. On the top he fastened a swimming noodle, in which he made various cuts in the Styrofoam making the bright yellow tube almost come to life atop his head. Adorning both the noodle and the red bike helmet were bracken ferns, and white birch shoots hanging off in all different directions, bobbing along as we walked. As we identified species, Dr. Barnes would point out something of interest. As he spoke I could not help but smile to my self when I saw his white, wispy hair matted by the helmet, and watching him look right through the chinstraps that had migrated from his temples, across his wooly eye brows, and now sat impeding his vision. Dr. Barnes saw straight through those nylon straps, straight to the canopy of his aspens.

By Jordan Boyce