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!

Fifth Annual Southcoast Biodiversity Week

Monday-Saturday, September 19 – 24, 2016

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 2016 (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 for some trips.

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 19th – 24th

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

 

> BIODIVERSITY WEEK: LLOYD CENTER’S FALL VISITORS

Date: Monday, September 19th
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 16th

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 TAGGING  – MEXICO OR BUST!

Date: Tuesday – Thursday, September 20th – 22nd
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Meeting Place: Lloyd Center for the Environment
Leader: Jamie Bogart, Research Associate or Mark Mello, Research Director
Price: Free
Limit: none

No pre-registration required 

We will conduct Monarch tagging and butterfly identification at the Lloyd Center’s butterfly garden.  Learn about Monarch Watch, an international program tracking the Monarch migrations through volunteers who tag monarchs that, if lucky, are retrieved in Mexico. Also learn about our other fall migrant butterflies.

> BIODIVERSITY WEEK: TURNERS POND AQUATICS

Date: Thursday, September 22nd
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Meeting Place: Rt. 140 Park & Ride on Mt. Pleasant St.
Leader: Mark Mello, Research Director & Jamie Bogart, Research Associate
Price: Free
Limit: 12

Pre-registration required by 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 21st

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 23rd
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
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 22nd

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: KOKO THE OWL & FRIENDS

Date: Saturday, September 24th
Time: 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Location: Lloyd Center for the Environment
Price: Free to the Public
All ages welcome 

Join us for a fun-filled day of interaction with the reptiles, amphibians, insects and other wildlife that inhabit our watershed. The day will be full of animal meet and greets, trail walks, scavenger hunts and activities for all age levels. More importantly, learn about the biodiversity in your own backyard. We can’t wait to see you here!

If you have questions about the program please contact Jen Wimmer at 508-990-0505 x 14 or jen@lloydcenter.org.

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