The 13th annual Rhode Island BioBltiz was held Friday and Saturday, June 8 and 9, in Jamestown, hosted by the Jamestown Conservation Commission and the Town of Jamestown, together with major sponsor Roger Williams Park Zoo, the proprietors of four working farms on the site, and other conservation land owners. The site was approximately 600 acres surrounding Great Creek, in the central portion of Conanicut Island, in the middle of Narragansett Bay. It was like a sampler pack of habitat types, including a little bit of just about everything from rocky seashore to tidal creek and salt marsh, from mature forest to pasture, and from shrub swamp to stream.
Event map (JPG:200K)
There was a non-mandatory bioblitz orientation, Thursday, May 3, 5:30-8:30 p.m., at Roger Williams Park Zoo Education Center. Information from that meeting is now on the Team page.
A total of 304 participants made the 2012 BioBlitz a record-breaker. So did the species list. Participants came from all interests, specialties, and skill levels. Thanks to all.
Thanks, too, to the landowners. We are especially grateful because the land we were on was primarily working farm land and the farmers have been very welcoming. Thanks to:
Watson Farm and Don and Heather Minto
Windmist Farm and George and Martha Neale
Hodgkiss Farm and Harry and Gail Chase
Dutra Farm and Joe and Jessie Dutra