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The Banana Slugs will play at the Biodiversity Festival at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 29. Photograph courtesy The Banana Slugs

WHERE: East Beach, San Francisco Presidio
DATE: Friday and Saturday, March 28 and 29
TIME: 9 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Friday and 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Saturday

About the Festival
Along with the BioBlitz race to count species, you're invited to celebrate Bay Area biodiversity at the 2014 Biodiversity Festival. Enjoy music from the fun and funky Banana Slugs Band, live animal demonstrations, science rappers, storytellers, photography workshops, and more. Watch scientists at work, get a "diploma" from Biodiversity University, and learn more about what lives in our backyard. It's free, family-friendly, and no registration is required.

DOWNLOAD BIODIVERSITY EVENT SCHEDULE (PDF)


Interactive Exhibits
Explore interactive exhibitor booths featuring environmental organizations, wildlife groups, health organizations, and the latest science and technology. From Aquarium of the Bay and Save the Redwoods League, to the Wild Equity Institute, have fun while learning about Bay Area biodiversity and beyond. You can also get up close and personal with a variety of live animals, including the Oakland Zoo’s western pond turtle ambassador.

SEE THE FULL LIST OF EXHIBITORS (PDF)


Science
Look through a microscope to discover life in tiny places and learn how scientists identify plants and animals! Have a burning science question? Ask an on-site expert. You'll learn that biodiversity is everywhere—and why we need it!


Photography
Meet National Geographic photographers and learn their tips and tricks at on-site workshops. See renowned photographer David Liittschwager as he uses his unique photo techniques to document the many creatures of the Bay that you can’t see with your own eye. Talk to National Geographic photo editors and understand what makes a great photo. A Saturday panel on Science, Conservation, and Visual media will feature photographers, scientists, and filmmakers discussing their work and efforts to inspire people to protect biodiversity.

DOWNLOAD PHOTOGRAPHY SEMINAR INFORMATION (PDF)


Start photographing now and submit to National Geographic’s Your Shot assignment, March 1-21. Guest editor David Liittschwager and the Your Shot team will be at the BioBlitz to speak more about photography and answer your questions.



SUBMIT PHOTOS TO YOUR SHOT »


Festival

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    Biodiversity Festival

    Enjoy music from the fun and funky Banana Slugs Band, live animal demonstrations, science rappers, storytellers, photography workshops, and more.

DOWNLOAD BIODIVERSITY EVENT SCHEDULE (PDF) »

Record What You See

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    iNaturalist.org

    Smartphones and the app from iNaturalist will be key to documenting species and uploading them to National Park Service species databases.

Download the free iNaturalist app now. »

Text BIOBLITZ to 50555 for updates on the number of species found and the explorers at the BioBlitz.

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BioDiversity Festival Spotlight

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    Photography Workshop (PDF)

    Don’t miss the opportunity to meet and learn from National Geographic photographers, explorers, and editors.