The 9th annual Rhode Island BioBlitz was held June 6 & 7, 2008, at the Grills Preserve in Westerly. It was organized by RINHS and local host The Westerly Land Trust. With a total of 1,113 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.
This year we were pleased to welcome a new major sponsor to the Rhode Island BioBlitz. Roger Williams Park Zoo will be sending keepers, vets, education staff, and interns to help as well as helping with cost. Thank you Zoo and thanks to all the Zoo participants, you were great!
Photos taken during the event
Download a summary table of findings by taxa .xlsx:18K
Download the species list for BioBlitz 2008 .xlsx:91K
Download a list of non-native species found during BioBlitz 2008 .xlsx:15K
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.