The Santa Monica Mountains BioBlitz, presented and sponsored by National Geographic and the National Park Service in collaboration with Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and California State Parks, took place May 30 and 31, 2008. During the 24-hour species inventory, teams of scientists, naturalists, and volunteers combed more than 150,000 acres (60,700 hectares), observing and recording as many species as possible.
National Geographic also had 20 students participating in a Photo Camp workshop with a unique assignment: Documenting and photographing this 24-hour BioBlitz in California's Santa Monica Mountains. The students, from EcoAcademy High School in Los Angeles, chronicled the event from setup through the closing moments, joining scientists and volunteers as they combed the park counting species. The group produced hundreds of images.
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