[CT Birds] Noble Proctor BioBlitz Challenge at Hammonasset on May 14, 2016

Scott Kruitbosch skruitbosch at rtpi.org
Fri Apr 1 12:52:36 EDT 2016

*Noble Proctor BioBlitz Challenge at Hammonasset on May 14, 2016

Please join family, friends, colleagues and students for a celebration 
of Noble Proctor’s life in the form of a BioBlitz Challenge at 
Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison, Connecticut on Saturday, May 
14, 2016 from 8AM to sunset. Our headquarters for the BioBlitz will be 
at the pavilion near Willard’s Island. A BioBlitz is a race to find 
every species of life possible – birds, mammals, plants, insects, and 
more. We will form teams to search the park and record all the species 
we can discover. At 1:00 PM, we will come together as a group, sit down 
for lunch, and have a gathering at the pavilion to say a few words about 

Noble Proctor was one of Roger Tory Peterson’s dearest friends and 
protégées, playing an integral role in forming the Roger Tory Peterson 
Institute of Natural History (RTPI) in Jamestown, New York. Noble’s 
passion for natural science was nationally and internationally known. 
His vast knowledge and enthusiasm excited a lifetime commitment to 
natural history and environmental stewardship in many of his students.

In honor of Noble’s legacy we are requesting donations for this BioBlitz 
to support RTPI’s local sponsorship of the 2016 Wildlife Guards Program 
(http://rtpi.org/education/wildlife-guards/) in Bridgeport, Connecticut. 
Started by Audubon Connecticut and the City of Bridgeport, the WildLife 
Guards program trains, mentors, and employs ten local high schools 
students and two college-aged crew leaders. The WildLife Guards are 
tasked with stewardship and monitoring nesting birds like the federally 
threatened Piping Plover and engaging visitors, families, and friends 
about the City’s Pleasure Beach and its ecosystem. They offer unique 
activities for children like making their own Piping Plover, coastal 
ecology lessons, and plant identification. The program features 
education, conservation and advocacy in action five days a week, 
reaching thousands of visitors over the summer and making a difference 
for rare or endangered plants and wildlife on Pleasure Beach while 
creating the next generation of environmentalists. The fact that this is 
done through in-field experiences promoting the knowledge of the natural 
world’s diversity is a fitting tribute to Noble’s dedication to bringing 
field study to life.

If you will be participating in the BioBlitz please check-in at the 
pavilion when you arrive and we will give you a data sheet, but we 
invite everyone who knew Noble to join us regardless. The BioBlitz will 
take place rain or shine. We will be grilling hot dogs and hamburgers 
and providing a few snacks and water at lunch at the pavilion. You will 
want to bring a beach or camp chair, binoculars, spotting scopes or 
other equipment, water, sunblock, appropriate hats, jackets or other 
outerwear, field guides, hiking boots, and fond memories.

Please email your RSVP to noble at rtpi.org and let us know who will be 
attending, if you plan to participate in the BioBlitz and your area of 
expertise, and if you have any questions. RTPI is an IRS designated 
501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations are tax-deductible. 
Donations can be made online while please specifying in the dropdown box 
that your donation is made for the Bridgeport WildLife Guards or the 
Noble Proctor BioBlitz: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/rtpi

Please contact lpierce at rtpi.org with any questions about donations.

More information on Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History can 
be found on our website: http://www.rtpi.org

Additional details on the WildLife Guards program are here: 

A map of Hammonasset by Patrick Lynch is available in this PDF file: 

We hope to see you on May 14!


Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation & Outreach Coordinator
Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History
311 Curtis Street
Jamestown, NY 14701-9620
skruitbosch at rtpi.org
www.rtpi.org <http://www.rtpi.org>
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