Massachusetts Biodiversity Days were started in 2000 as part of the State's mission to reconnect people to the natural world and build public support for protecting biodiversity in our own backyards, neighborhoods, communities and watersheds. These surveys have offered citizens an opportunity to identify and record the variety of plants and animals in their local communities both for their personal interest and as part of a statewide database.
Friends of Fresh Pond Reservation conducted Biodiversity Days surveys of the flora and fauna of the Reservation in 2002 , 2003, and 2004. The information gathered during Friends group programs and by interested individuals has become part of a database that offers a view of the health and the effect of improvements on the Reservation.
Biodiversity Days funding was eliminated in 2004, and there was no Statewide publicity or data collection. The Friends group continued to collect and maintain their own data. This year, the Association of Conservation Commissioners has reinstated the program, and once again the data collected at Fresh Pond has been submitted to the State's database.
Program planners and leaders were Susan Agger, Susan Coolidge, Lance Drane, Nancy Guppy, Janet Kovner, Jean Rogers, Barbara Strell, and Elizabeth Wylde.
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