Ocean State Ecology, Field Work, and BioBlitz

Are you new to the idea of a BioBlitz?  On April 30th, RIGEA will host an event at Rocky Hill’s amazing Land of Fires outdoor classroom.  We will get to explore, develop field experience, learn more about Rhode Island environments, map our findings, and share strategies to bring these programs to our students, classrooms and communities.  We will  work on skills and content to understand our local environments more intimately.  What could be more geographic than that?!?

We will be using the iNaturalist app to collect our data (free in the Apple iTunes store and the Google Play Store for Android devices).  This is an amazing social media network of naturalists AND it’s a tremendous platform to crowdsource and map out data.  Our project page on iNaturalist is titled “RIGEA BioBlitz 1.” Please download the app prior to the event, but you do not need to use it as we will walk you through the process.

WHEN: April 30th, 9am -2pm

WHERE: Rock Hill School’s Land of Fire (Rocky Hill School, 530 Ives Road, East Greenwich, RI, 02818).

TOOLS TO BRING (if possible):

  • A smartphone with the iNaturalist app downloaded (to make observations in the field) 
  • a laptop or tablet (to edit observations afterward).
  • Binoculars
  • Boots/shoes that can get wet and muddy.

Please RSVP (for a head count) by emailing rigea@ric.edu with the subject line “BioBlitz-Rocky Hill.” 

Source: rigea.org


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