Engaging Citizens in Biodiversity Discovery
In 2016, twelve Micro-BioBlitz events, conducted by nine parks, involved 244 volunteers. These volunteers identified 1,142 unique species, and added 213 new species to parks’ lists. The events reached more than 1,400 visitors through event booths and educational programs (Hinsey and Johnson, 2015).
A BioBlitz focuses on finding and identifying as many species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time. See how scientists, families, students, teachers, and other community members work together to get an overall count of species that live in a park.
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Hinsey, J. A. and T. M. Johnson. 2015. Planning and conducting a BioBlitz event at a National Park Service unit. Natural Resource Report NPS/HTLN/NRR—2015/935. National Park Service, Fort Collins, Colorado. Available from the DataStore.
2016 National Parks BioBlitz surpasses 100,000+ biodiversity observations for 100th birthday.