Bioblitz is heating things up at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on May 15 and 16.
Louisiana’s Mississippi River delta is a restless interplay of land and water: treeless marshes, distributary channels, slow-moving bayous, forested natural levees, freshwater swamps, and barrier islands. Jean Lafitte’s Barataria Preserve encompasses 23,000 acres of this unique and diverse natural resource. To better understand, appreciate, and protect this national treasure, the National Park Service and National Geographic Society are teaming up to host a 24-hour BioBlitz species count and a two-day Biodiversity Festival, May 17-18. Part scientific endeavor, part festival, and part outdoor classroom, BioBlitz will bring together 100 leading scientists and naturalists from around the country, thousands of local citizens of all ages, and nearly 2,000 students from the greater New Orleans area.
Activities to occur during the Jean Lafitte BioBlitz include:
Public Participation: Inventory Teams
Be part of an expert-led species inventory team to discover, count, map, and learn about the park’s diverse organisms, ranging from microscopic bacteria, insects, fish, and alligators to tiny wildflowers and towering bald cypress trees. Spots on inventory teams go quickly, so register online now to insure a spot on a team.
The Biodiversity Festival
Celebrate the nature and culture of Louisiana with music, food, art, and hands-on, family-friendly activities provided by local science and environmental organizations. This free, family-friendly event is open to explorers of all ages. No registration is required for the festival.
Volunteer at BioBlitz
In addition to volunteer scientists leading inventory teams and people going on the teams, additional help is needed to ensure the event runs smoothly. We are seeking event volunteers to help with check in, assist school groups, run art activities, and more. Sign up online if you are interested in helping.
Parking and Transportation
There is no parking at the Barataria Preserve. All parking for BioBlitz land-based inventories and the Biodiversity Festival will take place at Bayou Segnette State Park, 7777 Westbank Expressway, Westwego, LA, 70094. Free entrance to the park, free parking, and free roundtrip shuttles to the preserve will be provided. Handicapped-accessible shuttles will be available.
Additional links for the Jean Lafitte BioBlitz:
- • Learn more about Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve
- • Additional information for scientists
- • Questions and BioBlitz updates: Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- • Media inquiries: Email Kristy Wallisch
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