BioDiversity Identification Evening Walk


Monday, August 24

Join us for an Biodiversity Evening Walk on Monday, August 24 starting at 6:30 p.m. Mark Pagliarini and Rachel Holbert`will lead the walk, identifying birds, reptiles, ambphibians, insects and other wildlife that come out in the evening. Madeline Linck will share her monitoring efforts with the bluebirds and martins. The late day walk will even allow us to view some of the wildlife that only comes out in the evening, using a screen and black light.

Space is limited; registration is required

(Wear long pants and comfortable shoes and be prepared for walking - bring a flash light. Cameras, smart-phones and binoculars welcome)




Below is the information collected on our 2 July 20th Biodiversity Walks.


Links for Our Biodiversity Walks, as well as other species Mark has encountered at Tranquil lake Nursery.


iNaturalist project for Tranquil Lake Nursery

Go on the website through this link and people can see up to date sightings whenever they look.


Two EBird checklists from the 2 walks:


We are waiting to hear from the administration about making the nursery a "Hotspot". If that gets approved it will be an up to date list like inaturalist. For now people will only be able to see the checklists we share on the website.



Walk 1 EBird


Walk 2 EBird



List of Wildlife Encountered on our Biodiversity Walks on July 20, 2020



1. American Gold Finch
2. American Robin
3. American Yellow Warbler
4. Baltimore Oriole
5. Barn Swallow
6. Black Capped Chickadee
7. Blue Gray Gnatcatcher
8. Blue Jay
9. Cardinal
10. Carolina Wren
11. Cat Bird
12. Cedar Waxwing
13. Downy Woodpecker
14. Eastern Bluebird and 5 baby bluebirds
15. Eastern Kingbird
16. Eastern Phoebe
17. Flicker
18. Great Crested Flycatcher
19. House Sparrow
20. House Wren
21. Mourning Dove
22. Purple Martin
23. Rose-Breasted Grosbeak
24. Ruby Throated Hummingbird
25. Tree Swallow
26. Tufted Titmouse
27. Warbling Vireo
28. Yellow Warbler


1. Coyote Scat
2. Eastern Chipmunk
3. Eastern Cottontail Rabbit
4. House Cat
5. White-Tailed Deer Scat

Reptiles and Amphibians

1. Bull Frog
2. Green Frog
3. Painted Turtle
4. Snapping Turtle


Butterflies and Moths

1. Angle Moth sp.
2. Cabbage White Butterfly
3. Clouded Sulphur (Butterfly)
4. Common Bagworm
5. Common Eupithecia Moth
6. Crambid Snout Moth
7. Ermine Moth sp.
8. Hummingbird Clearwing Moth
9. Monarch (Butterfly)
10. Monarch (Caterpillar)
11. Pearl Crescent (Butterfly)
12. Rochrio sp.
13. Saltmarsh Moth
14. Silver Spotted Skipper
15. Viceroy (Butterfly)
16. Virginia Tiger Moth

Other Insects, Etc.

1. Amber Snail sp.
2. Asian Lady Beetle
3. Arrow Shaped Orbweaver
4. Bark Louse
5. Black Horsefly
6. Brilliant Jumping Spider
7. Carpenter Bee
8. Chinese Mantis
9. Clubbed Mydas Fly
10. Common Greenbottle Fly
11. Daddy Long Legs
12. Eastern Bumble Bee
13. Eastern Calligrapher
14. Eastern Parsons Spider
15. Ebony Jewel Wing Damsel Fly
16. Golden Digger Wasp
17. Grass Spider sp.
18. Green Stinkbug
19. Ground Crab Spider sp.
20. Honeybee sp.
21. Horsefly
22. Hover Fly
23. Iris Weevil
24. Jagged Ambush Bug
25. Japanese Beetle
26. Large Milkweed Bug
27. Long-Legged Fly
28. Lyric Cicada
29. Milkweed Beetle


30. Mosquito
31. Northern Blue Dasher (Dragonfly)
32. Oak Gall Wasp
33. Oriental Beetle
34. Potato Beetle
35. Potter Wasp
36. Robber Fly
37. Robust Ground Cricket sp.
38. Sand Loving Wasp sp.
39. Snouted Moth
40. Soldier Beetle sp.
41. Sow Bugs
42. Straight lanced Meadow Katydid
43. Stripped Cucumber Beetle
44. Tumbly Flower Beetle
45. Twice Stabbed Stink Bug
46. Ursine Spurley Lady Beetle
47, White Lipped Snail


1. Puff Ball
2. Russula sp.
3. Shelf Fungus

Plants Discussed

1. Apple (Malus domestica)
2. Bear Oak (Quercus ilicifolia)
3. Blackberry (Rubus sp.)
4. Blue Star (Amsonia tabernaemontana)
5. Bouncing Bet (Saponaria offinalis)
6. Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa)
7. Button Bush (Cephalathus occidentalis)
8. Chaste Tree (Vitex negundo)
9. Chestnut Oak (Quercus prinus)
10. Chinese Chestnut (Castanea mollissima)
11. Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)
12. Cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon)
13. Dwarf Bottle Brush Buckeye (Aesculus parviflora) ‘Dawes Arboretum’
14. Meadow Rue (Thalictrum rochebruneanum)
15. Ornament Onion (Allium ‘Millenium’)
16. Purple Cone Flower (Echinacea purpurea ‘Magnus’)
17. Purple Hyacinth Bean (Dolichus lablab)
18. Royal Fern (Osmunda regalis)
19. Scarlet Runner Bean (Phaseolus coccineus)
20. Sea Holly (Eryngium planum)
21. Sensitive Fern (Onoclea sensibilis)
22. St. John Wort (Hypericum frondusum ‘Sunburst”
23. Sunflower (Helianthus annus)
24. Swamp White Oak (Quercus bicolor)
25. Weeping Willow (Salix babylonica)


26. Zinnia sp.


At Tranquil Lake Nursery in Rehoboth, Massachusetts, we have always been aware of the wildlife that surrounds us everyday, from plants to insects, butterflies, birds and our rare wood turtles. This year 3 people, who have newly joined our nursery family, have amplified our knowledge and understanding of the many interesting species around us, from nesting birds and fledglings to butterflies and other insects and of course - the plants. We came up with an idea to actually try to count and verify the biodiversity at the nursery. The plan is to conduct a series of biodiversity recording sessions in different months and times of day. We are also inviting the public to join us on these special days to help us located a variety of species and assist with the recordings using I Naturalist and E-bird. It is also a terrific opportunity to learn from these knowledgeable individuals. Group size will be limited and reservations are required. The first Biodiversity Identification Sessions will be held on Monday, July 20. Sign up for the 7:00 a.m. or 8:30 session. We will post a list of the species we find on the website, as well.



Madeleine Linck


Madeleine is a native of Massachusetts, transplanted to Minnesota for 30+ years where she worked as a Wildlife Technician for Three Rivers Park District. She returned to Rehoboth in 2016 to be near the grandchildren. Since retiring she has been volunteering on special projects involving Spadefoot Toads, Blue Spotted Salamanders, Purple Martins and Diamondback Terrapins (Barrington). While we did not manage to encourage the Purple Martins to nest in the gourds this year, Madeleine has suggested upgrades to the Nesting gourds and has plans to use recordings of Martin calls next spring. In the mean time, an Eastern Kinbird has taken advantage of the gourds to lay three eggs. Madeleine also recommended a new type of Bluebird House (Gilbertson), that looks a bit like a birch tree (sparrows don't like it). We installed 2 several weeks ago and now have 5 baby bluebirds in one of the boxes. Most of the old bluebird boxes have been sealed, although the sparrows tore the covers off 2 of these sealed boxes. Madeleine has been monitoring them and removing the nests weekly.



Mark Pagliarini


Mark Pagliarini has a B.S. in Animal Science & Technology from the University of Rhode Island. He is an avid birder, with a lifelist of 400 species in North America, which includes 321 species in Rhode Island and 200 species in Massachusetts. He is also an insect and native plant enthusiast, including propagation of native plant species. In his previous work at the Norman Bird Sanctuary in Newport, he offered in-classroom and place-based wildlife education for more than 5000 children and 200 adults annually. He also cared for the Sanctuary’s Animals. Mark is also a professional wildlife photographer. We welcomed Mark to Tranquil Lake Nursery in late June and are learning much from him about our wildlife - from birds and reptiles to insects. He has been especially engaged with the Wood turtles and Painted turtles. Mark will set up the I-Naturalist and E-Bird identification accounts for Tranquil Lake Nursery, so that anyone visiting the nursery can record the wildlife that they are seeing. We will use these phone apps for the Biodiversity Identification Walks.


Rachel Holbert


Rachel Holbert has a B.S. in Biology from Louisiana State University and a M.S. in Biology from the University of Rhode Island College of the Environmental and Life Sciences. She is President of the Rhode Island Environmental Education Association. As Director of Education at the Norman Bird Sanctuary in Newport, she taught classroom and field programs for grades pre-K - 12 and designed curriculum as well, supervising 3 full time and 18 seasonal staff. Rachel joined us at Tranquil Lake Nursery in early July.





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