In June, Phipps Conservatory hosted a “BioBlitz,” a biological survey to record all living species in specified areas surrounding the Conservatory. This event brought scientists, naturalists, artists, citizens, and schools from the Pittsburgh area together to identify as many living organisms in the park as possible, with a secondary goal of increasing city pride and environmental awareness.
Ann developed eco/botanical art programming for the Bioblitz. She worked closely with Phipps educators to design and deliver a nature journaling lesson with artist Melissa Fabian for three school groups. She organized a team of botanical artists (left) to engage the public in nature journaling, drawing, and activities related to biodiversity throughout the day of the Bioblitz, including drawing specimens collected by the scientists.