Nariva Swamp Bioblitz 2014
Click on the logo for a short film about the event
On the 18th-19th October 2014, the third annual Trinidad & Tobago Bioblitz took place at the Nariva Swamp. Located on the eastern coast, it is the largest and most ecologically diverse freshwater wetland in Trinidad.
Map showing the survey area (within the red circle) and the basecamp (green house)
The event was led by Mike G. Rutherford and was a collaboration between the UWI Zoology Museum (UWIZM) and the Trinidad and Tobago Field Naturalists' Club (TTFNC). The volunteers for the event came from many places including staff and students from the University of the West Indies Dept. of Life Sciences, John Murphy and friends from the Field Museum, members of the T&T Serpentarium, representatives from Forestry Division, Fisheries Division and many other nature enthusiasts. Funding for the event came from First Citizens with donations of drinks from Coca Cola Ltd.
The Forestry Division Field Station in Kernahan was used as the basecamp. The groups tallied a spectacular 742 species. A flock of reintroduced blue and yellow macaws was a welcome sight and a long-snouted thin-toed frog was a new record for Trinidad. Visitors took part in pond dipping and other activities and hiked to Bush Bush Wildlife Sanctuary.
The event was reported on in the national media and on-line, click on the links below: