Dedham Natural Wonders started in 2011 when I was hanging out with some nature geeks in the Blue Hills – mucking around in vernal pools, volunteering with some invasive species management projects, and learning about plants, bugs, salamanders, fungi, and other cool things. I began exploring Dedham’s open spaces and found wetlands, forests, swamps, and meadows. I wanted to learn more about the biodiversity and habitats in the town where I live, so a friend encouraged me to plan a BioBlitz – more about that on the BioBlitz Page.
I found that Dedham is much more than a bunch of box stores, malls and car dealerships surrounded by parking lots and highways. Hidden behind all that concrete and asphalt are some beautiful open spaces with diverse plant and animal life. I have observed more than 1,100 species of flora and fauna in Dedham since the BioBlitz in 2011; the Dedham Species Checklist is a google spreadsheet that anyone can view.
My hope is that Dedham residents, visitors, and municipal leaders will gain awareness of the natural resources available to them and will take action to protect and preserve these treasures for future generations.