Bioblitz 2008 MapRhode Island’s 9th annual BioBlitz

Organized by RINHS with event partner Roger Williams Park Zoo
and local host The Westerly Land Trust

Grills Preserve, Westerly, RI
3 p.m. Friday, June 6, to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 7

With a total of 1,111 species counted over the 24 hour period by 115 participants, this was a record breaking year! Some especially interesting finds this year include:

  • Carex styloflexa (Bent Sedge): A regionally rare plant that has never been observed in RI
  • Thalictrum revolutum (Waxyleaf Meadow-rue): Previously listed as state historic, had not been observed in RI since 1921
  • Other rare plant finds include: Asclepias tuberosa var. tuberosa (Butterfly-weed), Asclepias amplexicaulis (Clasping Milkweed), Aster macrophyllus (Big-leaved Aster), Rhododenron periclymenoides (Pinxter), Quercus prinoides (Dwarf Chestnut), and Pyrola chlorantha (Pyrola) [all species of concern; click here to see all rare species observed during this Bioblitz]
  • Over 133 species of fungi (70 lichens and 63 non-lichenous fungi) and 68 species of mosses and liverworts
  • Some birds of note included the Whippoorwill, Red-Shouldered Hawk, and Yellow-billed Cuckoo
  • Other listed animals observed were the Black Rat Snake and the Dusted Skipper (both species of concern)
  • 64 species of non-native plants and 9 non-native animals were tallied (represent 13% of total plant, and 2% of all animals observed during event; click here to see a list of all non-native species observed)

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Photos taken during the event

About the Grills Preserve

Owned and stewarded by The Westerly Land Trust since its acquisition in 2003, Grills Preserve is a 482+ acre parcel located south and west of the village of Bradford, RI. and between the Pawcatuck River and the railroad tracks. You’ll find more than 2 1/2 miles of river bank, extensive fresh water wetlands, oxbow ponds and bogs, intermittent streams, upland forest, late successional habitat and a high hill with exposed bedrock, all accessible by easily walked trails.

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