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Bioblitz &Events dgregg on 27 Jun 2008 09:53 pm

BioBlitz 2008 Results

1,111 species in 24 hours entirely with volunteers! What an event! What a team effort. Thank you to the 115 participants. No questions asked, it was a grand success on all fronts! For details, including a tally by taxon, a list of rare species found, a link to the complete species list, as well as a slide show of photos taken by Survey Board member Dave Clayton and Survey Data Manager, Erik Endrulat.see:


For additional photos visit: http://www.russellwaldronphotography.com/Site/Galleries/Pages/BioBlitz_2008.html#grid (Russell Waldron Photography).

We are really happy with how the “taxonomic team” structure worked! Not only was it very effective for insuring that all portions of the property were inventoried—especially for plants and birds—but, it was super for introducing people and creating new friendships. We worked harder to organize the workers into teams this year and we’d like to do it again so we’re interested in your feedback on the organization of BioBlitz, including the team concept.

So what did you all find out there? Here is the scoop… 24 hours, 115 scientists & team members and a grand total of 1,111 species observed, including 12 rare species! A record count for total species and several records set for individual taxa.

A big thank you is due to our program partners Roger Williams Park Zoo and the Westerly Land Trust and our sponsors: US Fish and Wildlife Service, RI Refuge Complex, Largess Forestry, Frank Hall Boatyard, Watch Hill Yacht Services, Avondale Boat Yard, Liberty Rentals, and Westerly Sanitation. Please help “close the loop” by patronizing the sponsors, mentioning BioBlitz, and thanking them for their support.

Our sincerest gratitude and compliments to the chefs: John R. Maxson and Josh DeCelles for the mouthwatering grilled chicken, and gratitude to site hosts John and Vivian Maxson from the Westerly Land Trust for doing everything in their power to make us comfortable and provide the few things we forgot.

Many of you met and spoke with Karen Given, Producer of the NPR sports show “Only A Game”, who joined us on both Friday afternoon as the horn sounded and “full contact biology” began, and on Saturday afternoon for the final tally. Karen’s segment on BioBlitz will air Saturday (6/28) at 7:00am and again at 6:00 pm on WRNI 1290AM / 102.7FM, or in Westerly WXNI 1230AM. For those in the north of the state you may want to try WBUR 90.9 FM. If you can’t tune in on Saturday, log on to www.onlyagame.org where you can download the podcast!

Lastly, a few administrative details… We have several items in lost & found: a black & olive jacket with a gray hooded sweatshirt inside, and a Tamron camera lens cover. And, if you didn’t get a BioBlitz 2008 t-shirt and wish you had, you have a one time chance to order one, $10 each! Let me know what size(s) by 5:00pm pm Wednesday, July 2nd.

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