The event was coordinated by Mike Rutherford of the University of the West Indies Zoology Museum and ERIC provided its facilities, services and staff for the Bioblitz team. In partnership with The University of the West Indies, the Trinidad and Tobago Field Naturalists’ Club, Trinidad and Tobago Eco Divers, Trinibats, the Tobago House of Assembly, Environment Tobago and First Citizens bank, around 100 visitors were involved in the effort.
Survey teams included specialists on plants, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, birds, invertebrates, fungus, and aquatic, and they headed out into the roads, forests, streams, paths and coral reefs around the Charlotteville area, from ridge to village to ocean. From midday on Saturday until midday on Sunday, in the sun, the rain, the day and at night, the groups documented as many species as they could find. And what a great celebration of Tobago’s biodiversity this was!
As Sunday’s electrical storm passed and the sun came out the final species totals were announced, with everything from bacteria to dolphins being counted. In just one small corner of Tobago, a total of 972 species were identified in just 24 hours, a higher number of species than any previous Bioblitz in Trinidad. This was a fantastic achievement by everybody involved and highlights how unique and important the biodiversity of North East Tobago is for the country and for the region.
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