Thank you to the following foundations for their support of the Biodiversity Initiative and the Climate Science Learning Project:

Adelard A. and Valeda Roy Foundation, Braitmayer Foundation, CHT Foundation, Dominion Education Foundation, Island Foundation, Motorola Solutions Foundation, Rogers Family Foundation, Sounds Conservancy/QLF Foundation, and Towards Sustainability Foundation.

 

According to the Council of Concerned Scientists, average temperature in southern New England could rise 2-4 degrees F. in the next 50 years, with concomitant increases in growing season, maximum temperatures and changes in precipitation. These changes could result in Massachusetts having a climate approaching that of present-day South Carolina. These changes will not only impact the human population directly, there will be indirect impacts as these changes alter the natural resources and biodiversity of the region. Potential changes include:

  • changes in finfish and shellfish resources;
  • changes in pollinators, pest species, and non-native invasive species;
  • changes in plant diseases;
  • changes in food webs resulting from local extirpations;
  • changes in the local aquifer;
  • changes to natural communities due to influx of southern species and loss of northern species.

The Massachusetts State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP) provides a blueprint to fulfilling our responsibility to conserve Massachusetts wildlife and the places they live for future generations. Implicit in this goal is to ensure that wildlife is provided with a sufficient landscape of habitats to adapt to changing climatic conditions.

There is a wealth of regional natural resource information currently available, albeit dispersed, but there also are gaps in the current knowledge of the total biodiversity of this region. Therefore the Lloyd Center has initiated the SOUTHCOAST ALL TAXA BIODIVERSITY INITIATIVE, which will address the conservation concerns in SWAP for the Southcoast by:

  • establishing a series of monitoring stations within the Slocums River and Westport River (which includes the State’s first and only Bioreserve) watersheds that will encompass the total diversity of habitats within the two watersheds;
  • compiling all existing information on natural resource data within these watersheds and making the data available through a single source web site;
  • through grants received  which helped initiate our Climate Science Learning Project involving local schools in order to help establish the current record of biodiversity within these two watersheds;
  • conducting the area’s first Biodiversity Week in the Slocums River watershed from June 11-16, 2012;
  • developing an online database.

Long-term Monitoring Sites

Significant portions of the Westport and Slocums River watersheds are under conservation, and as such, provide optimal conditions (long-term protection from development) within which to establish monitoring stations for biodiversity changes. Conservation areas within these watersheds include:

Slocums River Watershed:

  • Hobomock Swamp
  • Acushnet Cedar Swamp
  • Paskamansett River
  • Deerfield Swamp
  • Destruction Brook
  • Slocums River estuary and embayment
  • Lloyd Center property
  • Demarest Lloyd State Park
  • Little River

Westport River Watershed:

  • SE Massachusetts Bioreserve
  • Copicut Reservoir
  • Bread & Cheese Brook
  • Noquochoke Wildlife Management Area
  • Shingle Island River
  • Lake Noquochoke
  • Westport River – East Branch
  • Westport River – West Branch
  • Horseneck Beach State Reservation (DCR)

During the first year of the project, we will be focusing on the Slocums River watershed.

SAVE THE DATES!

Fourth Annual Southcoast Biodiversity Week

Monday-Saturday, September 21- 26, 2015

For more information, registration as well as our other events, please visit the Calendar page.

For questions or more information, contact Mark Mello, 508-990-0505 x22 or email: markmello@lloydcenter.org

The Objective of Biodiversity Week is to advance the goals of the Southcoast All Taxa Biodiversity Initiative by:

  • collecting baseline data within the Slocums/Paskamansett watershed on selected floral and faunal groups (which ones will be based upon the areas of expertise of participating scientists/naturalists)
  • participating school groups or clubs collecting data through the school (Monday – Thursday) week
  • inviting scientists for the weekend (Friday/Saturday) “Bioblitz” to do one or more of the following:
    • conduct surveys and identify organisms collected by volunteers;
    • do a presentation/lead a walk in their area of expertise;
    • identify specimens collected during the week by students/volunteers;
    • ultimately submit a list of species they each have identified.

Weekday Activities 2015 (Monday – Friday)

Morning collecting/observation trips. A local naturalist or scientist will lead volunteers on 2-3 hour trips to selected sites, focusing on observing/collecting specimens in their area of expertise.  Members of the public are encouraged to participate, however, the number of people per walk will be limited, so pre-registration will be required.

School Programs. Led by the Lloyd Center Education staff, classes from Fall River and Dartmouth Schools will collect data as part of their day-long field programs at two of the long-term field stations.

BIODIVERSITY WEEK WALKS – September 21st – 25th

  • All the biodiversity walks are free and meet at the Lloyd Center;
  • Additional information is available by contacting Lloyd Center Research Director Mark Mello at markmello@lloydcenter.org or (508) 990-0505 ext. 22.

 

> BIODIVERSITY WEEK: EARLY MORNING BIRD WALK 

Date: Monday, September 21st
Time: 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Meeting Place: Lloyd Center for the Environment
Leader: Jamie Bogart, Research Associate
Price: Free
Limit: 15

Pre-registration required by 4:00 p.m., Friday, September 18th

Explore DNRT’s Knowles Reserve property that stretches from Potomska Road to the head of Little River. Depending on the season’s migration, a variety of forest and marsh migrants may be seen during this trip.

If you have specific questions regarding the program, please call Jamie at 508-990-0505 x 23, or email jbogart@lloydcenter.org.

 

> BIODIVERSITY WEEK: LLOYD CENTER’S FALL VISITORS

Date: Tuesday, September 22nd
Time: 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Meeting Place: Lloyd Center for the Environment
Leader: Jamie Bogart, Research Associate
Price: Free
Limit: 15

Pre-registration required by 4:00 p.m., Monday, September 29th

With its combination of woodland, marsh and estuarine environments, the Lloyd Center is situated to observe a diverse array of fall migrants. This walk will thus highlight both upland and wetland fall migrant birds, and also look for mammal signs.

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please call Jamie at 508-990-0505 x 23 or email jbogart@lloydcenter.org.

 

> BIODIVERSITY WEEK: MONARCH MIGRATION AND OTHER FALL BUTTERFLY WONDERS

Date: Wednesday, September 23rd
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Meeting Place: Gooseberry Neck parking lot
Leader: Mark Mello, Research Director
Price: Free
Limit: 12

Pre-registration required by 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 22nd

Gooseberry Neck is one of the prime locations in Massachusetts to observe the fall Monarch migration and other butterflies moving north or south along the coast. As a cooperator for Monarch Watch (an international Monarch tagging research program operated out of the University of Kansas), we will be catching and placing tags on Monarchs so that their journey to Mexico might be better understood.

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please call Mark at 508-990-0505 x 22 or email markmello@lloydcenter.org.

 

> BIODIVERSITY WEEK: TURNERS POND

Date: Thursday, September 24th
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Meeting Place: Rt. 140 Park & Ride on Mt. Pleasant St.
Leader: Jamie Bogart, Research Associate
Price: Free
Limit: 12

Pre-registration required by 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 23rd

We will concentrate on the fresh water environment that forms the headwaters of the Slocum/Paskamansett River watershed. This will include seining and/or dip-netting in pond, riverine and vernal pool environments. Old sneakers and jeans that you don’t mind getting wet or hip boots are recommended for those folks wanting to participate in the “catching”, however “landlubbers” can help process the samples without getting wet!

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please call Jamie at 508-990-0505 x 23 or email jbogart@lloydcenter.org.

 

> BIODIVERSITY WEEK: SEINING FOR SUB-TROPICALS & OTHER MARINE LIFE 

Date: Friday, September 25th
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Meeting Place: Lloyd Center for the Environment
Leader: Mark Mello, Research Director
Price: Free
Limit: 15

Pre-registration required by 4:00 p.m., Thursday, September 24th

An added treat in the fall can be the arrival of marine visitors from the south. We will explore the estuarine environment portion of the Slocum/Paskamansett River watershed. This will include seining and/or dip-netting as well as some digging for benthic critters. Old sneakers and jeans that you don’t mind getting wet or hip boots are recommended for those folks wanting to participate in the “catching”, however “landlubbers” can help process the samples without getting (too) wet!

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please call Mark at 508-990-0505 x 22 or email markmello@lloydcenter.org.

 

> BIODIVERSITY WEEK WRAP-UP & FAMILY FUN DAY 

Date: Saturday, September 26th
Time: 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Location: Lloyd Center for the Environment
Price: Free to the Public
All ages welcome 

Be sure to join us for a wrap-up of our biodiversity week where you will get to see some of the reptiles, amphibians, insects and wildlife that inhabit our watershed. The day will be full of FREE guided building tours, trail walks, scavenger hunts, crafts and games for all age levels.

For more information, registration as well as our other events, please visit the Calendar page.