My fireworks this 4th of July were following naturalists E. O. Wilson, Peter Alden and 150 others around with a video camera as they tried to identify at least 2009 species within the confines of Walden Woods – the towns of Concord, Carlisle and Lincoln, Massachusetts on Walden Biodiversity Day.


Peter Alden trolling for leeches during Walden Biodiversity Day, July 4, 2009

We won’t know how many species were found for a few more weeks, but both the Boston Globe’s story A day for seeing all living things, great and small and the Worcester News Telegram’s The crushing truth: Some ants smell funny capture some of the day’s, uh, flavor (LOL – the ones I tasted reminded me of lemon and chicken).