To the Editors:
This is BioBlitz weekend. As part of the National Park Service Centennial, Weir Farm National Historic Site is joining at least 100 other national parks across the country in this activity. You can join in, too! Be part of a team of scientists and volunteers who will head out into the park’s woods, gardens, wetlands, and fields to discover and document as many living creatures and plants as possible in a single day. Local partners supporting this event include the Weir Preserve, the Woodcock Nature Center, the Ridgefield Conservation Commission, and the Friends of Weir Farm NHS.
Species data from all BioBlitz activities will be collected through a mobile application called iNaturalist and broadcast at a Biodiversity Festival on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., co-hosted by the National Park Service and National Geographic Society.
Explorers of all ages are needed. All events are free and open to the public. Nature walks, hikes for kids, and art activities will engage the whole family, whether you come for a few hours or the entire day.
Experienced and budding artists alike are invited to sketch or paint and are especially encouraged to draw plants and animals found throughout the park.
The BioBlitz is Saturday the 21st from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Parking is at Branchville Elementary school on Florida Road (from Route 7, first right off Branchville Road/ Route 102) in Ridgefield. Free shuttles will run continuously from 7:40 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information and a schedule of events, go to Weir Farm’s website nps.gov/wefa or call 203-834-1896.
Bruce E. Beebe
350 Nod Hill Road, May 13