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Contact: Sarah Cunningham, 864-543-4068
Ninety Six, SC –Grab your binoculars and cameras to explore nature at Ninety Six National Historic Site like never before. On Friday, May 20 and Saturday, May 21 from 7:30 AM –4PM, the public is invited to visit and work alongside birding experts to discover and document as many birds as possible at the park. The park will also showcase interactive activities for people of all ages to learn about the natural world. The event is free and open to the public.
Wings Across South Carolina Bird BioBlitz is being held in all National Park Service sites in South Carolina as well as several state parks. The National Park Service is celebrating its 100th birthday this year with more than 100 BioBlitzes in National Parks across the country.Bioblitz is a nationwide effort to engage visitors and youth with citizen science and education in their parks. It is a fun, fast-paced biological survey of a park's creepers and crawlers, plants and pollinators, mammals and more. Check out the websites for more information on bioblitzes: go.nps.gov/2016bioblitzand natgeo.org/bioblitz
Explorers of all ages are needed. Whether you can participate for a few hours or a full day, there are activities to engage the whole family. Remember to bring water bottles, sunscreen and insect spray. Closed toe shoes and long pants are encouraged. If you have a smart phone, you may want to download the free iNaturalist app and try it out before the event. This is how birds, wildlife and fauna will be documented. You can also share your park experience with others by posting on social media with the tag #FindYourPark and #BioBlitz2016.
Ninety Six National Historic Site is located at 1103 Highway 248 S in Ninety Six, SC.
For more information on park news, events and programs you can follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NinetySixNPS.You can also visit the park on the web at www.nps.gov/nisi. American Express is the national sponsor of the 2016 National Parks BioBlitz.