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Rhode Island Natural History Survey » 2011 BioBlitz in Scituate June 10-11
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Bioblitz &Events &News dgregg on 31 Mar 2011 09:34 am

2011 BioBlitz in Scituate June 10-11

We’re excited to announce that the 2011 BioBlitz will be held at the Joslin Farm site in Scituate from 3 p.m. Friday June 10 to 3 pm Saturday June 11. Providence Water is the land owner and local host and Roger Williams Park Zoo is the lead sponsor. Joslin Farm is approximately in the center of Rhode Island, located
south of the Scituate Reservoir, in the angle between Tunk Hill Road and Old Plainfield Pike. It was to this ridge-top land that one of Scituate’s founding families retreated after the construction of the reservoir. The land was unworked for many years and reforestation was well advanced when in 2009 Providence Water and USDA-NRCS undertook a major grassland and shrubland enhancement project at Joslin Farm. The dramatically scenic bioblitz site includes approximately 700 acres of mature hardwood forest, new and old warm season grassland, shrubland, and headwater streams. This bioblitz will be a unique opportunity to investigate the biodiversity on a long-abandoned farming landscape with large blocks of relatively undisturbed habitat, plus be a good chance to check out the effects of a modern habitat restoration. This is not an area frequented by biologists so anything could be discovered. A team orientation will be held Thursday, May 12, at Roger
Williams Park Zoo in Providence. The orientation is not required, but advanced registration for all participants is. More details will be forthcoming. Stay tuned!

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