BioBlitz 2024: Middletown

Date: June 7 & 8

Location: Norman Bird Sanctuary

Norman Bird Sanctuary will be the local host for the 2024 Rhode Island BioBlitz. This will mark the 75th anniversary of the founding of Norman Bird Sanctuary, the 30th anniversary of the Natural History Survey, and the 25th annual Rhode Island BioBlitz! Norman Bird Sanctuary was also the host for the 2001 RI BioBlitz, the second ever.

Watch this space in coming months for details and sign up for the Survey e-news to get notified when registration opens.

BioBlitz participants will investigate some 300 acres including coastal forest and shrubland, farm field, streams, ponds, and swamps, salt marsh, beach, and dune, and bedrock outcrop. A map with event boundaries, landmarks, and habitats will be posted here in the near future.

Lead-up:
Nov. 15, 6:30 p.m.: BioBlitz teaser for the Norman Bird Sanctuary community
April 23 First Orientation: Roger Williams Park Zoo
April 25 Second Orientation: Norman Bird Sanctuary

Norman Bird Sanctuary was established in 1949 through a bequest made by Mabel Norman Cerio. Its mission is to engage a community of stewards to preserve, protect and enjoy this property and the ecosystems within and beyond its stone walls. Through conservation, historic preservation, education and exploration, Norman Bird Sanctuary fosters lifelong connections between people and the Sanctuary’s rich and diverse habitats. One of Rhode Island’s oldest and most well-rounded conservation organizations, Norman Bird Sanctuary brings a deep well of resources to BioBlitz including the buildings and facilities of its campus, its bustling education program, large and capable staff and corps of volunteers, and abundant community good will.

Thank you to BioBlitz lead sponsors:
Roger Williams Park Zoo
Largess Forestry

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