BioBlitz: Uncovering Local Biodiversity

BioBlitz is an event that brings volunteers, working scientists, and naturalists together to tally as many species of organisms as they can on a particular parcel of land. These events are held throughout the country to bring naturalists together, to educate communities on the vast number of species that surround us in various habitats,  and to demonstrate the value of biodiversity to the quality of our lives.

For the last 12 years, the Rhode Island Natural History Survey has organized annual BioBlitz events throughout Rhode Island. Their 2012 event was recently held from June 8-9 in Jamestown, on approximately 600 acres surrounding Great Creek in the central portion of the Island. This parcel contained a variable landscape that included rocky shoreline, salt marsh, mature forest, open pasture, shrub swamps, vernal pools, and freshwater streams. This year, a record number of volunteers identified 1,340 species.  Among these were two plants never identified during past BioBlitz events, and four animals on the state’s rare species list.

After learning about the Rhode Island Bioblitz from a friend, I volunteered for the upcoming Bioblitz in the Boston-area town of Dedham, hosted by the Dedham Natural Wonders program.

I am excited to join other scientists and community volunteers to explore the biodiversity of various habitats in Dedham, and also look forward to some informative interaction with biologists of various backgrounds and specialties. The day will be full of fun for all ages in the great outdoors. If you are interested, come join us! 

Click here to read more about the Rhode Island 2012 BioBlitz: http://www.wpri.com/dpp/rhode_show/bioblitz-in-jamestown

…and stay tuned for a blog post on my experience at the Dedham BioBlitz event later in July!

 

One thought on “BioBlitz: Uncovering Local Biodiversity

  1. stephradner

    Lauren – great post, and thanks for promoting the Dedham BioBlitz! If anyone would like to learn more about the event, or participate (there can never be too many naturalists at a BioBlitz), feel free to contact me directly (steph at dinosaur13 dot com). Here is a link to the Dedham Natural Wonders website for updates: http://www.dedhamnaturalwonders.org. I cannot offer any sort of stipends, but I will give you breakfast and lunch, and I guarantee it will be fun event with lots of great networking opportunities.

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