NOTE: As of Friday, it appears that the weather will be not too bad for the Bioblitz – Newton is at the northern edge of the light shower area (which often means just clouds with a few sprinkles). So the BioBlitz is still ON!
Are you interested in learning more about how to identify native plants? Or maybe you are more interested in birds or butterflies? Did you ever wonder how many species of plants and animals inhabit Newton’s Parks and Conservation Areas? Maybe you have developed skills identifying ferns or pollinators and you want to share that knowledge with others? Or perhaps you are just curious to learn more about nature in Newton? If this piques your interest, join us for an upcoming Newton BioBlitz event! We will spend a few hours surveying plants and animals, learning, and posting our observations to iNaturalist. You do not need to be an experienced naturalist or expert to participate. Families are welcome.
Learn how to use the iNaturalist app to take pictures for documenting what lives in Nahanton Park. Download this free and useful identification app to your phone or tablet beforehand from the Apple App Store for iOS or the Google Play Store for Android. HERE is an interesting article on iNaturalist from our Fall 2019 Newton Conservators Newsletter. The iNaturalist survey of Newton Parks can be found online HERE which includes the following areas: Webster Woods, Cold Spring Park, Edmands Park, Flowed Meadow, Nahanton Park, Dolan Pond Conservation Area, and Kennard Park. Each of these areas has a significant number of existing iNaturalist observations. Any observations done in these areas will automatically be included in the Newton Survey.
To Register for this BioBlitz event click here! Registration is encouraged but not required. The leader is Jon Regosin, former Deputy Director of MassWildlife. Keep an eye on this web listing in case of rain.