Dedham Natural Wonders will host its second annual “Dedham BioBlitz” July 13 and July 14 in an effort to promote awareness and stewardship of Dedham’s biodiversity.
The public is invited to help the nonprofit reach its goal of “finding and identifying 1,000 species of flora and fauna living in Dedham,” a news release said. It’s a goal that if reached, would double last year’s findings.
Dedham Natural Wonders was founded in 2011 by Dedham resident, Stephanie Radner. The organization works to increase awareness of Dedham’s woodlands, parks, and wetlands through educational, recreational, and conservation programs.
“Dedham has many beautiful open spaces with diverse flora and fauna and fascinating natural history,” Radner. “My goal is to document the biodiversity in Dedham, using current observations and recorded natural history, and to share this information with Dedham residents.”
The event will begin at 6 p.m. on July 13 with a guided walk through the nature trails at NewBridge on the Charles.
“The walking paths throughout the NewBridge on the Charles campus are a treasure of biodiversity so we're delighted that the Dedham BioBlitz seeks to help document that," said Jane Baker, community relations specialist for NewBridge said in a statement. "The paths are open to local residents and neighbors throughout the year to take their own nature walk along the Charles River, the adjacent wetlands and through our woods and fields."
The event will continue July 14 at the Dolan Center on Common Street from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors there can enjoy a “Birds of Prey” presentation by the Blue HIlls Trailside Museum and a presentation by science author Melissa Stewart.
Additional work stations will be set up throughout the day including one about plant identification and a scavenger hunt.
Teams of naturalists will explore different areas of town including the Town Forest, Fowl Meadow, and the wetlands around Wigwam Pond. The public is encouraged to explore with the naturalists but should wear appropriate clothing for each habitat.
Radner said she hopes that throughout the two-day event, Dedham residents and others will learn about the town’s biodiversity and feel encouraged to protect it.
“I believe people are more likely to play an active role in conservation of our natural resources after they learn about and come to appreciate the diverse habitats and wildlife that can be found in Dedham,” she said.
For more information about the BioBlitz, visit the Dedham Natural Wonders website at www.DedhamNaturalWonders.org or contact Stephanie Radner by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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