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The fifth T&T Bioblitz took place in Port of Spain on 4-6 November 2016. This was the most urban Bioblitz so far. The event was led by Mike G. Rutherford and was a collaboration between the UWI Zoology Museum (UWIZM), the Trinidad and Tobago Field Naturalists' Club (TTFNC) and the Horitcultural Services Division - Botanic Gardens. The volunteers for the event came from many places including staff and students from the University of the West Indies Dept. of Life Sciences along with many other nature enthusiasts. Funding for the event came from First Citizensand Atlantic.

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A large team of volunteers and experts surveyed Port of Spain from up on St. Ann's hill down to the coast using a variety of techniques to photograph, trap, collect and document the wildlife. At the end of the event they had recorded 730 species. Highlights included finding a white-winged vampire bat and a boa constrictor in the Botanic Gardens.

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Whilst the surveying was taking place all over the city over 20 organisations put on displays at a Nature Fair in the Botanic Gardens. The President of Trinidad & Tobago and over a thousand school children and members of the public came along to learn more about the biodiversity of T&T.

The event was reported on in the national media and on-line.

Triniview.com

Trinidad Express

T&T Newsday

A Facebook page has been created for all the T&T Bioblitz events and contains many more photographs.

The 4th edition of the 2016 Quarterly Bulletin from the TTFNC is dedicated to the BioBlitz and contains articles about the Nature Fair and all the survey teams.

The final report will be accessible here once completed.