Bioblitzing the Anacostia River

Bioblitzing the Anacostia River
September 3, 2019 by: Jorge Bogantes

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By: Jenny Glenn, Maryland Master Naturalist

There are many surprising species that make Heritage Island and Kingman Island near RFK Stadium their home. A casual walk along the paths might reveal a false map turtle (a species originally native to the Mississippi River basin) keeping an eye on a Needham's Skimmer dragonfly.

A false map turtle (Graptemys pseudogeographica)


Needham's Skimmer (Libellula needhami)

The iNaturalist smartphone app is one way to identify an unfamiliar plant, mushroom, insect, fish, or bird. Take a picture, share the image with iNaturalist, and up to ten potential identifications will be provided. The suggested identifications are linked to more information, with additional photos, a map of that species’ distribution, and the most likely time of year to observe that species. iNaturalist is like having an entire nature reference library in your pocket or purse!
The Anacostia Watershed Society is sponsoring a BioBlitz at Kingman Island on September 28, 2019 from 8am to 1pm. A BioBlitz is a fun way to enjoy nature and help document the biodiversity of the Anacostia River at the same time. Take some pictures, share them to iNaturalist, and keep the memories of seeing an egret grab some lunch or the female Mallards in yoga poses on the riverbank. Hope to see you there!  
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Great Egret (Ardea alba) eating a fish

Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) in yoga poses
Jorge Bogantes

Jorge Bogantes

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