saturday: emma, jen (my roommate), and i went to narragansett to check out the r.i.n.h.s. bioblitz. from the rinhs.org website:
A BioBlitz is an attempt by volunteers, working scientists and avocational naturalists, to tally as many species of organism as they can in 24 hours on a particular parcel of land.
although we missed the first night of rainy chaos, we arrived early enough on the second day to participate in a bird-watching walk led by an extremely knowledgeable guy named dan. he could identify every bird species by their calls or a short glimpse, and he knew a lot of plant and insect species as well. i had the opportunity to crack open whole new sections of my sibley: tyrant flycatchers; wrens; thrushes; mimids; wood-warblers; and tanagers, cardinals, and their allies (italics mine, another cute [to me] birder-ism).
a photodump follows:
i doubt anyone initialized the new england cottontail slot that day.