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Contact: Regina Rochefort, 360-854-7202
Sedro Woolley, WA –North Cascades National Park Service Complex will host a Centennial BioBlitz - a treasure hunt to discover living organisms –May 20 and 21, 2016 as part of the year-long celebration of 100 years of the National Park Service. Park rangers and scientists will lead volunteers of all ages and backgrounds as citizen scientists for a day to develop a "snapshot" of biodiversity in the park and count and identify plant and animal species using the iNaturalist app, cameras, and field guides.
Join us Saturday, May 21, at the North Cascades Visitor Center in Newhalem for inventories and events throughout the day from 9 am – 3 pm. Pre-registration is required for all guided inventories. Free tickets are available through Eventbrite on the park's webpage,www.nps.gov/noca. Inventories and events in Stehekin begin at 8 pm Friday, May 20, at the Golden West Visitor Center and go through 5 pm on Saturday.
For those who cannot sign up online, there will be experts available at the North Cascades Visitor Center in Newhalem and the Golden West Visitor Center in Stehekin on May 21 to provide assistance with free-form inventories and the use of the iNaturalist app.
The BioBlitz is part of a nationwide effort coordinated by the National Park Service to celebrate its centennial. BioBlitzes are happening at over 250 locations around the country. From Canada to Mexico, from the Sierra to American Samoa, there is a BioBlitz happening in a park close by. This is a great opportunity to get up close and personal with nature, possibly discover something new, and find your inner scientist for a day. For more information visit FindYourPark.com or natgeo.org/bioblitz.