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dgregg on 18 May 2011 05:14 pm

BioBlitz 2011

The 2011 BioBlitz was held at the Joslin Farm site, part of Providence Water’s Scituate Reservoir Watershed Forest, in Scituate, from 3 p.m. Friday, June 10, to 3 p.m., Saturday, June 11. Providence Water is the land owner and local host and Roger Williams Park Zoo is the lead sponsor.

CONGRATULATIONS to all the participants on achieving a great success despite dire weather. The preliminary count now stands at 916 species. All the teams did a great job. I’d like to single out the Lichen team which surpassed Doug Greene’s count of last year by one species, in his memory and honor; and the hymenoptera team(s) which turned in a record performance, again despite truly unsuitable weather for bees. The count will continue to be updated periodically as people get in their full reports. The most up-to-the-minute information, photos, art, and other media from the event will be available on the Survey’s facebook page.

Check out the preliminary results and look at past BioBlitz results by downloading the RESULTS TABLE. PDF:40K

Records were set for orthoptera, for ants, wasps, and total hymenoptera, and for participants. Yes, there was a record human attendance of 209.

For those didn’t get one of the fantastic BioBlitz 2011 t-shirts or want to order extras as Christmas presents, we will be ordering a new batch soon. Don’t miss out, contact the office to place your order.

Looking for the REGISTRATION FORM? PDF:300K

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. Once a farm, the land was unworked for many years and reforestation 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 600 acres of mature hardwood forest, mixed coniferous/hardwood forest, new and old warm-season grassland, shrubland, and headwater streams, as well as old walls, brush piles, and disturbed locales. Here are drafts of the orientation maps:

Access to the site is via Field Hill Road, but you can only come from the EAST end of Field Hill Road, off of Tunk Hill Road, not from the west end.

Here’s a google map of the site and its approaches

View RINHS FACEBOOK PAGE (and become a FAN while you’re there!).

The BioBlitz effort is organized into teams, most oriented around a taxonomic target, though we’ll also have the “event organizing team” as usual, as well as the return of the very successful art team and a new team, the earth science team, this year. An orientation was held Thursday, May 12, at Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, attended by 59 people. Attendance at the orientation is not required to participate in BioBlitz, but all participants MUST be registered in advance and assigned a role with a team. To see what the teams are and which still need coordinators and other help, go to the TEAM PAGE.

The art team even has its own FACEBOOK PAGE. Dig out those sketch pads, easels, and what not and get ready for some “en plein air” fun!

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