Fort Donelson National Battlefield to conduct a Photographic Bioblitz with Volunteer Citizen Scientists
Contact: Bill Barley, (931)232-5706, ext. 109
Dover, Tennessee -- The Photographic Bioblitz for Fort Donelson National Battlefield is a project designed to enhance park and public knowledge of the various fauna and environments of this diverse National Battlefield. Rangers and volunteer citizen scientists will take quality photographs of the various plant and animal species throughout the park over a two day period. The results from this photographic monitoring will improve our knowledge of the site's natural resources, assist in the creation of public programs and informational materials, and contribute data for decision making on environmental concerns. The active participation by community volunteer citizen scientists will help foster a substantial sense of ownership and interest in the natural history and resources of this park including its preservation and conservation missions, and a more universal understanding of management objectives as they relate to all park resources.
The Photographic Bioblitz will be conducted from 9:00 AM Saturday, June 21st through 4:30 PM, Sunday June 22nd. All ages are welcome to participate as citizen scientists and no experience is necessary. Use your own digital cameras or camera phones to capture images for the park.
There will be a limit of 50 citizen scientists able to participate in the event so be sure to sign up early. All participating citizen scientists must sign up no later than June 16th by contacting Ranger Bill Barley at (931) 232-5706 ext. 109 or at email@example.com. A Volunteer Application is required, and all citizen scientists will need to watch a short training video before getting started. The park's group camp site may be available on a limited basis for those participating. Citizen scientists should plan on contributing at least four hours to the event. All participants will receive a special certificate of recognition.
Did You Know?
There was a significant enslaved population in Stewart County, TN, before and during the 1862 battle. After the Union victories at Forts Heiman, Henry and Donelson, many freedom seeking slaves sought refuge at these forts, even establishing a community near today's Fort Donelson National Cemetery.