BioBlitz 2016—Hopkinton

The Fish Team gets down to business in the pond at Solitude Springs Farm.

The Fish Team gets down to business in the pond at Solitude Springs Farm.

Rhode Island BioBlitz 2016 was held June 10 and 11 centered on the Kenyon Crossroads Preserve in Hopkinton, in the southwestern corner of the state, and including parts of two adjoining parcels, Solitude Springs Farm and Elmrock Farm. The local hosting duties were led by the Friends of the Hopkinton Land Trust.

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Kids outdoors at RI BioBlitz 2016!

Kids outdoors at RI BioBlitz 2016!

We identified 1,050 species and there were 213 people who participated, including 49 K-12 school students and 12 college students.
1 virus and 1 bacterium
442 plants (16 algae, 70 mosses, 356 vascular plants)
153 mycota (70 lichens, 83 fungi)
22 non-arthropod invertebrates
43 non-hexapod arthros (35 spiders etc, 8 crustaceans etc)
30 odonata (dragonflies & damselflies)
53 coleoptera (beetles)
21 butterflies
114 moths
5 hymenoptera (ants, bees, and wasps)
10 of misc insect orders
8 reptiles
12 amphibians
13 fish
79 birds
21 mammals

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RI BioBlitz 2016, Science Central

RI BioBlitz 2016, Science Central

We were very excited to go to this site, which lies north of Collins Road about 3/4 of a mile east of Maxson Hill Road. This is hill country, with evidence of long agricultural history everywhere: pastures, walls, wood lots, headwater streams, and farm impoundments. This beautiful site is a mosaic of current and abandoned pasture, higher, dry woods, lower, heavy forest, streams, and pools. Though the site was relatively small, at about 100 acres, we were fortunate to have a very strong team and in the end we identified 1,050 species in 24 hours. This is an especially good result because this year we did not have a marine component to the site, which often accounts for a couple hundred species.

The count is the 5th highest for a Rhode Island bioblitz and the second highest for a site without a marine component (interestingly, #1 for non-marine sites was the 2008 BioBlitz at the nearby Grills Preserve in Westerly).

The Plant Team in action at RI BioBlitz 2016.

The Plant Team in action at RI BioBlitz 2016.

Other interesting records?
AT 20, we had a record number of herptiles (reptiles and amphibians)! The amphibians were tied for a record (with Alton Jones Campus in W. Greenwich) but it was the turtles (5 species) that put us over the top!

Also, the plant diversity was far above average. Because these are primary producers, it shows the land is diverse and likely to support a diversity of other life.

New to RI BioBlitz? You can get lots of information on its purpose, how the teams work, how we count species, and more on the bioblitz main page or the bioblitz team page.

zoo logo standard greenOn Tuesday, May 3, there was a bioblitz orientation and social for veterans and newcomers alike at Roger Williams Park Zoo. There was also an orientation for the Hopkinton community on Thursday, May 12, at the Hopkinton Town Hall, at 6:30.

Lead sponsors:
Roger Williams Park Zoo
Largess Forestry
Friends of Hopkinton Land Trust