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 has conducted Biodiversity Days surveys of the flora and fauna of the Reservation since 2002. The information gathered during these programs has been submitted to the State database and has also been used to study the health and the effect of improvements on the Reservation.
This year the
Friends group organized seven Biodiversity Days programs, four of which
were held in heavy rain. The inclement weather reduced attendance as
well as numbers of species observed, but did not dampen the enthusiasm
of those who attended.