Bioblitz 2000 was the first bioblitz in Rhode Island, and took place from 3:00 p.m. on Friday, June 9 to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 10, at Roger Williams Park in Providence, RI. It was cosponsored by the Rhode Island Natural History Survey and the Roger Williams Park and Zoo.
The Rhode Island Natural History Survey is pleased to announce the results of Bioblitz 2000, the first bioblitz to take place in Rhode Island. Bioblitz 2000 took place from 3:00 p.m. Friday, June 9, 2000 to 3:00 p.m. Saturday, June 10, at Roger Williams Park. The plan was to engage the public’s interest and highlight urban biodiversity. Three main venues were set up, with tally boards at the Zoo, Charles H. Smith Greenhouses, and Museum of Natural History.
Thirty-one biologists and naturalists scoured the grounds and ponds of Roger Williams Park and Zoo to come up with a final tally of 665 species. Two Rhode Island Natural History Survey scientists, president Rick Enser and beetle-specialist Derek Sikes, stayed overnight in the Zoo to tally night-flying insects and other animals.
Many thanks go to the main organizers of the event for all the hard work they put into it, both before and during the event. Special thanks go to Roger Williams Park & Zoo staff Russ Bood, Lisa Bousquet, Bruce Clark, Lisa Dabek, Robbie Fearn, Fred Holman, Tracie Keough, Marilyn Massaro, Jim Shepard, Arnold Smith, and Shareen Zaki, and to Rick Enser for coordinating the Rhode Island Natural History Survey participants.
Download the species list: Bioblitz 2000 Results
Suzanne Ambs Azar
Rudy Lapin Normann
Adrienne van der Beemt