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Chino Farms BioBlitz

The Maryland Biodiversity Project (http://www.marylandbiodiversity.com/) and the Chester River Field Research Station (CRFRS) of Washington College are co-sponsoring a BioBlitz on April 27th. The BioBlitz will be held on Chino Farms, located in northern Queen Anne's County along the Chester River. As one of the largest privately owned farms in MD, its 5,000+ acres encompass a wide diversity of habitats including a large warm season grassland, extensive river edge, a large lake, many ponds and Delmarva bays, mixed woodlands and lots of buffers surrounding the crop fields. The farm has been designated an Audubon Important Bird Area (IBA) and has received awards for its conservation practices. 99% of the farm is in conservation easements. Just over 700 species have been identified on the property to date.

This is a great opportunity to add to the distribution lists of species on the upper Eastern Shore. This area hasn't been studied as closely as other parts of the state; numerous county records (and maybe even state records) are possible. For more information on BioBlitzes in general see:
http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/blitz/