About the Project
A BioBlitz is a 24-hour event in which teams of volunteer scientists, families, students, teachers, and other community members work together to find and identify as many species of plants, animals, microbes, fungi, and other organisms as possible. National Geographic is helping conduct a BioBlitz in a different national park each year during the decade leading up to the U.S. National Park Service Centennial in 2016. The 2013 BioBlitz heads to Jean Lafitte National Historic Park and Preserve, May 17 and 18.
Discover, count, map, and learn about the living creatures in the park.
Provide scientists and the public an opportunity to do fieldwork together.
Add to the park’s official species list.
Highlight the importance of protecting the biodiversity of these extraordinary places and beyond.
Registration for the BioBlitz Species Inventories has closed. However, there may still be slots available. Please check in at the registration tent, at the Biodiversity Festival to find out about ticket availability. The Biodiversity Festival is located at the Barataria Preserve. Free parking and shuttle service will be located at Bayou Segnette State Park, 7777 West Bank Expressway, Westwego, LA, 70094. The festival will take place on Friday and Saturday, May 17 and 18, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions and BioBlitz Updates Email: email@example.com
The 2012 BioBlitz reached new heights at Rocky Mountain National Park. The 2011 BioBlitz was held in Saguaro National Park. More than 5,000 people combed the east and west sides of the park flanking Tucson, Arizona. In 2010, Biscayne National Park, near Miami, Florida, was the first ever marine BioBlitz. Volunteers at the 2009 Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore BioBlitz turned up more than 1,200 species (download a PDF list here) compared with more than 1,700 in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in 2008 and more than 650 in Washington, D.C.’s Rock Creek Park in 2007.
See photos of what happened when more than 5,000 people participated in a 24-hour species count in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Five thousand volunteers at the 2011 Saguaro National Park BioBlitz added over 400 species to park lists.
The first ever marine BioBlitz took place in Florida’s Biscayne Bay.
Volunteers at the 2009 Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore BioBlitz turned up more than 1,200 species.
Watch BioBlitz-related Wild Chronicles segments featuring leading wildlife researchers and fieldwork from around the world.
Wild Chronicles works with scientists, explorers, kids and volunteers to conduct a 24-hour inventory of all living organisms in Rock Creek Park.
Wondering where to go in Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve? Explore maps, find trails and get updates from the National Park Service.
Watch: BioBlitz in Action
Experience Saguaro National Park's 24-hour BioBlitz in five minutes.
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