Results of the 2013 Conner Prairie Biodiversity Survey, Hamilton County, Indiana


  • Donald G. Ruch Ball State University
  • Gail Brown Conner Prairie Interactive Historic Park
  • Robert Brodman Saint Joseph’s College
  • Brittany Davis-Swinford City of Indianapolis Department of Parks & Recreation
  • Don Gorney Amos W. Butler Audubon Society
  • Jeffrey D. Holland Purdue University
  • Paul McMurray Indiana Department of Environmental Management
  • Bill Murphy
  • Scott Namestnik Orbis Environmental Consulting
  • Kirk Roth Corradino, LLC
  • Stephen Russell The Hoosier Mushroom Co.
  • Carl Strang Forest Preserve District of DuPage County


Conner Prairie is an interactive history park or a ‘‘living museum.’’ Located 6 km north of Indianapolis in Fishers, Indiana, the 850 acres that presently comprise Conner Prairie have a unique place in Indiana history. The property has been witness to many of the changes Indiana’s environment has undergone—from the glaciers that shaped much of the Hoosier landscape to the slow influx of humans over the past 12,000 years and the cultural changes they have made to the terrain. The first biodiversity survey (commonly called a BioBlitz) of Conner Prairie was conducted on 8–9 June 2013.