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.
In 2007 the
Friends group organized three Biodiversity Days programs, including
one led by the man who created Biodiversity Days, Peter Alden.