At the 2015 Rhode Island Natural History Survey BioBlitz held June 12-13, volunteer naturalists had 24 hours to find as many species of plants, animals, microbes, fungi and other organisms as possible. This year's BioBlitz took place at Dundery Brook Preserve and Goosewing Beach Preserve in Little Compton, R.I.
Participants fittingly gathered under the different signs before the start of BioBlitz. Later, they and others would bring back crustaceans, mollusks and other creatures to be cataloged under the Science Central tent.
Rhode Island Natural History Survey executive director David Gregg spoke briefly before sounding the horn to signal the official start of BioBiltz. He urged participants to work together. 'Nobody knows everything, and nobody knows nothing,' he said.
No stone (or branch) was left unturned at the Dundery Brook Preserve.
Students from an eighth-grade class at Calcutt Middle School in Central Falls, R.I., set out in search of mammals at the Dundery Brook Preserve.
Calcutt Middle School teacher Stephanie Racine and her students mark the spot where they set a no-kill trap that they planned to check the next day. Along the path, students spotted racoon and deer tracks.
Heath Bruscato examines an inch worm discovered by a young naturalist.
Stephanie Racine introduces her students to skunk cabbage, a plant that smells like its namesake.
Two young naturalists bait non-kill animal traps with peanut butter.
The mammal team confers on the boardwalk trail at the Dundery Brook Preserve.
In years past, BioBlitz has been beset by rain. The sun shone bright this year.
The mammal team examines scat.
Field volunteers bring specimens for identification and cataloging back to the Science Central tent, where stands of microscopes and piles of field guides abound.
BioBiltz volunteers cataloged about 1,200 species, some of them very small.