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Biodiversity in South Kingstown: Rare and Common Species and How to Tell the Difference

  • Potluck dinner and presentation hosted by the South Kingstown Land Trust On Thursday, January 17, the South Kingstown Land Trust will host David Gregg, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Natural History Survey, for an illustrated presentation focused on the biodiversity in South Kingstown. In June 2018 Gregg led a team of volunteer scientists in a BioBlitz, a 24-hour inventory of the flora and fauna of the coastal woodlands, sea-level freshwater wetlands, salt marshes, mudflats, shores, and marine waters around Camp Fuller in the Matunuck area of South Kingstown. Beginning with the results of this BioBlitz, Gregg will talk about what makes species rare or common and how to know the difference as well as the challenges and broader benefits of preserving South Kingstown’s unique biodiversity. Bring a dish to share! Potluck supper begins at 6pm followed by lecture at 7pm. The Rhode Island Natural History Survey is a non-profit organization founded in 1994 with a mission to connect people knowledgeable about Rhode Island's animals, plants, and natural systems with each other and with those who can use that knowledge for research, education, and conservation. Its activities include Rhode Island BioBlitz; the Rhody Native plant initiative; invasive species response and education; and support for partners including RIDEM, Audubon Society, The Nature Conservancy, and the land trust community statewide. David Gregg has been director of the Natural History Survey since 2004. He grew up exploring the woods, fields, and shores of Cape Cod and began collecting insects at age 13. By training, David is an archaeologist, with fieldwork in Europe and Alaska. David has hosted documentary videos and published on topics including educational enrichment, science communication, prehistoric archaeology, and museum studies. He is a SKLT member and lives in South Kingstown. Join us! RSVP on our events page at http://sklt.org/events-calendar/ or 401-789-0962 ext. 204 Photo: Point Judith Pond from Camp Fuller, courtesy of RINHS