2014 Bioblitz - click here
Hosted by:  Francis Emma/Belmead  http://www.francisemma.org/  and  James River Master Naturalists  http://www.virginiamasternaturalist.org/jamesriver.html    

 (all donations  to St. Francis/St. Emma are tax deductible!)

Date:  May 18 and 19, 2013.  

Wow!  What a success!  Check out some of the great action on the photo page or go to the facebook page.

Below are the County Records that were discovered during our Blitz:


Mississippi Kites

Black-billed Cuckoo

Olive-sided Flycatcher


·         Dragonflies:

Appalachian Jewelweed

Turquoise Bluet

Carolina Saddlebags


·   Moths: 

10 species rarely recorded in the state:  (However, we recognize that moths are an understudied group)

Such as:

Geometrid moths: Glena plumosaria and Lystosis sinuosa


Hesperis matronalis: common name: Dame’s Rocket

Mirabilis nyctaginea: common name: Four O’Clock

Maclura pornifera: common name: Osage Orange

Artemisia vulgaris:  common name: Mugwart


We also discovered that another  plant discovered in 1993 at Belmead by Michael Terry (a student of Dr. John Hayden) was never added to the plants of Powhatan County

Hypericum hypericoides: common name: St. Andrew’s Cross.
Open to the public  May 18th,  2-4 pm. 
 * Educational activities for all ages.  
 * Scientific results as available
 * Food vendors                       Click here for details

The BioBlitz is a 24 hour survey of natural resources and organisms by teams of scientists, students, teachers and other community volunteers.  Our teams will be exploring and cataloging species of flora and fauna found in Powhatan County at Francis/Emma/Belmead site. (additional explanation of "BioBlitz" is in "what is a BioBlitz"tab)

Goals Include:
* Discover, count, map and learn about the living creatures at the site.
* Provide scientists and the public an opportunity to do fieldwork 
* Contribute data to help manage FrancisEmma's 2265 acres as a 
   preservation/education site.
* Highlight the importance of protecting the biodiversity of this
   extraordinary part of Virginia.

Please click on the links to the left for information, maps and forms. 
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If you are a person with a disability and desire assistance or accommodation, please notify Michelle Whitehurst at 804-690-7911 during the  business hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.