This 1,000 acre park, long preserved from development by farmers of the Dame family, is a major natural area close to Providence. There is an extraordinary topography, with rock outcrops, streams, agricultural fields, and woods. After just 24 hours, the species count was 1,073 species. This is the preliminary count, final count awaits final team reports and should be available by January.It looks like vascular plants could set a record but the insects were a little disappointing, with talented teams struggling to reach RI BioBlitz averages. Perhaps this is a reflection of the fact there is little habitat that’s not either forest or intensively cropped agricultural field. Let’s see what happens as the Northern District continues to implement best practices at the farm over the coming years. Total participation was 185 people from all age groups. Great job everyone!
A great big thank you to our lead sponsor: Roger Williams Park Zoo
Thanks also to our other sponsors:
A.F. Lusi Construction
Rhode Island Beekeepers Association
Wicked Tulips Flower Farm
Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Division of Agriculture