Photo: Porkfish on reef

Photograph courtesy National Parks Service

After 24 straight hours of exploration and documentation, the Biscayne BioBlitz provided a snapshot of the many land and water species that live in Biscayne National Park. Led by 200 scientists from around the country, more than 2,500 amateur explorers, families and schoolchildren from south Florida conducted an inventory of the plants, insects, fish and other creatures that inhabit one of the nation’s largest marine national parks. The event, from noon Friday, April 30, to noon Saturday, May 1, was presented by National Geographic and the National Park Service, with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

During the 24- hour BioBlitz more than 800 species were found and identified. This included a number of species rare to the park such as the silver hairstreak butterfly, mangrove cuckoo, bay-breasted warbler and nesting roseate spoonbills. Participants also identified 11 species of lichen and 22 species of ants that had not previously been documented in the park.

Updates from the BioBlitz are here and on National Geographic BlogWild.

Learn more about Biscayne National Park here.

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Past BioBlitzes