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dgregg on 28 Apr 2010 03:19 pm

BioBlitz 2010: Block Island

BioBlitz 2010 was held Saturday, June 12, and Sunday, June 13, on the northern end of Block Island.

It was an enormous success, not only in producing approximately 195 participants and 980 species, but just in getting everyone and all their gear out to the site. (Traveling to Block Island ain’t like dusting crops. Without precise calculations you could miss a ferry or end up on the island without your tent or microscope, and that’d end your BioBlitz real quick.)

It took weeks and weeks of work by Kira Stillwell, Kim Gaffett, and others to organize the details of directions and parking on the Galilee side, meeting and transporting everyone on the Block Island side, large tents for science central, small tents for sleeping, food, dockage, and innumerable details of accommodation and transportation on island.

List of Participants (to come)

List of Species (to come)

Here’s the list of people and organizations in addition to the volunteer scientists who made contributions of time, money, or other goods and services, including property access (I’m sure we left people out, apologies in advance):
The Lapham Family, who loaned their house to be science central
Ocean View Foundation
Roger Williams Park Zoo
University of Rhode Island College of the Environment and Life Sciences
URI Coastal Institute
Peter Lord of the Providence Journal who delivered a lecture to the community on Friday night
Jon Boothroyd, URI, who led a geology walk
Block Island Conservancy
Block Island Land Trust
Martha Ball
Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management
Rob & Kit Rohn
The Nature Conservancy of Rhode Island
Town of New Shoreham
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
BeachHead Catering
Block Island Boat Basin
Block Island Ferry
Block Island Fire & Water
Block Island Historical Society
Block Island Maritime Institute
Chris Littlefield
Curt Milton
Fred Leeder
Harbor Baptist Church
Kenyon Corn Meal Company
Kerri & John Spier
Largess Forestry
Lew Gaffett
Martha Roldan
Nat Gaffett
Old Post Office Bagels
Pond and Beyond Kayaks
Rita & Steve Draper
Robert Brown Septic Services
Scott Comings & Royal Bruce Montgomery
Steve Land

For complete program and logistical details including ferry schedule, download the registration form.

Here are some highlights:
Science Central was located at the fabulous Lapham family property on Clayhead (northernmost branch of Clayhead Trail). Amenities were simple: field & glade camping, potable water via hose & jugs, port-a-johns, and meals as listed above. For Science Central: electricity via extension cords, some lights, tables, chairs, and tent cover

Friday, June 11:
Ferry Pt. Judith to BI @ 9, 11, 1, 3, 5, 7
Registration opens 3pm
Friday night camping
Dinner on your own
Evening program 7pm
(Environmental reporter Peter Lord)

Saturday, June 12:
Ferry Pt. Judith to BI @ 9, 11, 1, 5
Morning geology walk
(with Jon Boothroyd, time TBD)
Make your lunch opens 11 am
BioBlitz begins 12 noon
Dinner 6 pm – hosted by
Ocean View Foundation

Sunday, June 13:
Breakfast 6 – 9 am
Ferry BI to Pt. Judith @ 8:15, 11 am, 1, 3, 5, 7 pm
BioBlitz ends 12 noon
Final tally announced 1 pm
Vacate Science Central by 4 pm

Roger Williams Park Zoo provided major financial support and personnel for the program. RIDEM generously provided BioBlitz participants with parking in Point Judith, normally a $10/day fee. The Block Island Ferry (owned by Interstate Navigation) generously provided BioBlitz registrants with deeply discounted round trip ferry tickets.

Here’s a map for basic orientation. More maps of the included properties and habitats will follow.


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One Response to “BioBlitz 2010: Block Island”

  1. on 23 May 2010 at 10:40 am 1.lorelei said …

    a description of what BioBlitz is, or a link to its website would be helpful.

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