Reston’s first BioBlitz was held on Saturday, June 2, 2018. The event was a huge success and fulfilled a recommendation of Reston’s Annual State of the Environment Report (RASER). Ninety-five people on 24 teams searched 37 natural areas to record 608 species in a 24-hour period.

Teams were comprised of a combination of environmental staff, volunteers and subject matter experts, including naturalists, arborists, entomologists, hydrologists and birders. Results of the Reston BioBlitz 2018 Project can be viewed online at www.iNaturalist.org. 1,449 logged observations included the following species with a threatened conservation status: American Eel, Eastern Hemlock, Green Ash and American Chestnut. Bird data was primarily recorded in e-Bird.