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Caleb Smith State Park BioBlitz 2004

General Information


Location

Outdoor/Environmental Education Program
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
810 Meadow Road, Smithtown, NY 11787

Date & Time

September 10 - 11, 2004
From noon on Friday to noon on Saturday.

Introduction

The Caleb Smith State Park BioBlitz will be a 24-hour inventory of the biological resources of Caleb Smith State Park Preserve in Smithtown, Suffolk County, NY. This is the fourth annual BioBlitz held at this park. The results from the previous Long Island BioBlitz events will be posted shortly. The results of the 2001 BioBlitz are available from our BioBlitz Results Page. These events are organized to help raise awareness of biodiversity in and around suburban Long Island.

The Long Island BioBlitz is being organized in cooperation with:

  • NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
  • Western Suffolk BOCES Outdoor/Environmental Education Program
  • NYS Biodiversity Research Institute

The Caleb Smith State Park BioBlitz will officially be held from noon on Friday, September 10 to noon on Saturday, September 11, 2004. A base camp will be set up near the BOCES outdoor education center off Meadow Road with tables, chairs, microscopes and other resources needed to identify organisms. Bathroom facilities will also be available.

Methods

A BioBlitz is conducted by coordinating volunteer efforts of local scientists and naturalists with other interested volunteers. Groups of experts in the various taxa will then observe and record as many species as possible during the 24-hour time period.

Goals

The goals of the BioBlitz are to add to species lists for as many taxonomic groups present in the Park as possible, and to increase public awareness of what biodiversity is and the fact that it can exist within our urban/suburban landscape.

Park Information

The Nesaquake Indians originally occupied the land that is currently Caleb Smith State Park. It was later owned and leased by various members of the Smith family, during which time it was intensively farmed. The site was purchased by New York State from the Wyandach Club in 1963 as open space and in 1974 officially became Nissequogue River State Park. In 1983, the park was renamed Caleb Smith State Park after the original resident of the current nature museum. The park was designated a park preserve in 1989, one of only five in the state. This designation ensures that Caleb Smith park staff will continue environmental management, awareness and interpretation of the park’s natural resources.

Caleb Smith State Park covers 534 acres and lies 15 to 140 feet above sea level. The park is bisected by Jericho Turnpike, separating it into northern and southern portions. Access to the southern portion is by permit only. The Nissequogue River runs through the park, and is a well known trout stream. In addition, the park has 4 ponds and 178 acres of Class I wetlands. The dominant community type is beech-maple forest.

This is the 8th BioBlitz organized by the New York State Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI). Previous BioBlitzes were held in Saratoga, Rensselaer, Rockland, New York, and Suffolk Counties. The results from the previous BioBlitzes that the BRI has organized are available from our BioBlitz Results Page.


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New York State Museum and the
New York State Biodiversity Research Institute

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