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Animals &Bioblitz &Events &Exec's Blog &Natural History &News &Plants &Rare Species dgregg on 14 Jun 2010 01:54 pm

BioBlitz 2010 A Success

The teams are just back in from BioBlitz 2010 and I’m sure people are working hard to unload gear, hang out sleeping bags and tents out to dry, and catch up on sleep. Thank you all for your tremendous efforts that made the event such a success. Thanks to the Block Island community for their help and hospitality. The preliminary count is 916 species, which is great by any standard and for an island and rainy weather, it is terrific. We have a lot of work to do to cross check the numerous data sheets, especially for the marine organisms, and we look forward to receiving the many specialist reports, so I am confident that the final number will be higher, perhaps approaching the magic 1,000 barrier.

A special shout-out to the art team. It was great to have you with us this year, you added a lot and helped put the biodiversity and the event into a whole new light. Should we be looking forward to a gallery show in the fall? Can’t wait.

Platanthera flava

Platanthera flava

Notable finds: American burying beetle, pale green orchid, wood duck, spiny skate, jonah crab, citrine forktail. We will post more details on the finds as they come in.

One special and sad note: Doug Greene, who had just done lichens for the BioBlitz, collapsed on his way to the ferry and, despite the best efforts of emergency medical personnel, died on the island. Doug helped in 7 RI BioBlitzes, incl. the 1st one, in 2000, and contributed to many other science efforts. We will be sure to get word out about a service or other memorialization when we know more.

Doug Greene, at the 2007 BioBlitz at Trustom Pond
Doug Greene, at the 2007 BioBlitz at Trustom Pond

One Response to “BioBlitz 2010 A Success”

  1. on 17 Jun 2010 at 2:21 pm 1.Scott LaGreca said …

    I’m a friend and colleague of Doug Greene. I would like to pass along the following information about his memorial service:

    Douglas N. Greene of Reading, passed suddenly, June 13, 2010. Devoted father of Douglas W. Greene of Reading, Daniel P. Greene of Shelburne Falls, and Lauren D. Greene of Melrose. Cherished son of Dora (Last) Greene of Reading and late Russell B.S. Greene, Jr. Cherished brother of Deborah Keith of Reading, Druscilla Thompson of Gloucester and the late Russell S. Greene. Loving uncle of 2 nephews, three nieces and one grand nephew. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday June 18 at 8 PM at the Douglass, Edgerley and Bessom Funeral Home 25 Sanborn St. (corner of Woburn St.) READING. A visitation will be held prior to the service from 6-8. Relatives and friends invited to attend. Burial is private. In lieu of flowers memorial gifts in Douglas’ name may be made to either the Rhode Island History Survey, 1 Greenhouse Rd., Kingston, RI 02881-2018 or the Audubon Society, 208 South Great Rd., Lincoln MA 01773. For info, directions and register book visit johnbdouglassfuneralhome.com

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