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Picture of kids looking at things found in a BioBlitz


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 2015 BioBlitz heads to Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, May 15 and 16. Learn more about the park from the National Park Service.


BioBlitz Goals
• Discover, count, map, and learn about the living creatures in the park.
• Provide scientists and the public with 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.


Questions and BioBlitz Updates Email: bioblitz@ngs.org

Past BioBlitzes

The 2014 BioBlitz explored the many parks of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in San Francisco. The 2013 BioBlitz was a celebration of “Bayou” diversity at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. 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.



Sponsors

Thank you for the generous support of:


• Mr. and Mrs. Thomas D. Rutherfoord, Jr.
• Harold M. and Adeline S. Morrison Family Foundation
• Harold K.L. Castle Foundation
• Edmund C. Olson Trust II