Rincon Mountain District Backcountry Closures Due to Deer Head Fire
For the safety of hikers and campers, some trail and campground closures have been enacted. All off-trail areas within Saguaro National Park east of Douglas Spring Trail and Manning Camp Trails are also closed. More »
Thank you to all who made the 2011 BioBlitz a success!
BioBlitz 2011 was a great success! The 2011 National Park Service / National Geographic BioBlitz was held in Saguaro National Park, on October 21 and 22. The event provided local scientists, students and citizens the opportunity to conduct a 24-hour inventory of the plants, insects, birds and other living things that inhabit the desert park. Two days of round-the-clock exploration and documentation, provided a snapshot of the many plants and animals in the 91,445-acre park.
BioBlitz teams found at least 859 different species in 24 hours. Included in that total are more than 400 species, mostly invertebrate animals and non-vascular plants, previously unknown in the park and at least one species of bryophyte at this point believed to be new to science.
So stay tuned as we find out what species it is in the next few months!
Other Highlights from BioBlitz include:
We couldn't have done it without the hard work of our partners, National Geographic, Friends of Saguaro National Park and Tucson Electric Power. Thank you to our many volunteers, guest speakers, presenters, artists, exhibitors, and scientists who volunteered their time to educate us about biodiversity in the desert. Lastly, a BIG thank you to the National Park Service for their support!
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For more information on everything BioBlitz, please go to www.nationalgeographic.com/bioblitz.
Did You Know?
Gila monsters are one of two venomous lizards in the world. The other is the similar Mexican beaded lizard. Gila monster venom evolved as a defensive rather than offensive weapon.