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Our eighth annual bioblitz was held on June 1th & 2nd, at Trustom Pond N.W.R. Due to the great scientist turnout and warm, dry weather, the species count climbed to 998 species. Thank you to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the Friends of the Wildlife Refuges of RI for their fantastic hospitality. The staff and volunteers put in a great deal of work and were instrumental to the success of the event. Thank you, also, to Matt Largess and Largess Forestry, Inc. for helping to finance the effort. Thanks finally to each and every scientist and volunteer who worked so hard to find what we found and give everything a name. There were many avocational naturalists, from as far away as Ohio. There were also contributions of staff by agencies including RIDEM, USDA-NRCS, Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, URI and many others. Many curious people simply stopped by to see what was going on and offer a hand. Continue Reading »