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Contact: Kyle Patterson, (970) 586-1363
The National Park Service and National Geographic Society are teaming up to host a 24-hour BioBlitz species count and a two-day Biodiversity Festival, August 24-25, 2012 in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Part scientific endeavor, part festival and part outdoor classroom, the BioBlitz will bring together leading scientists and naturalists from around the country, thousands of local citizens of all ages and students. Together they will comb the park, observing and recording as many plant and animal species as possible in 24 hours. Inventory activities include catching insects, spotting birds, exploring and examining aquatic invertebrates and using technology to better understand the diverse ecosystems of Rocky! More information on the event can be found at http://www.nps.gov/romo/naturescience/bioblitz_2012.htm
There will be some temporary closures in a few areas of the park during parts of the event. The small Bus Terminus parking area along Trail Ridge Road, west of Rainbow Curve, will be closed from 5:00 p.m. Thursday, August 23 to 6:00 p.m. Saturday, August 25. Upper Beaver Meadows Road will be closed to vehicles from Thursday, August 23 at 5:00 p.m. to Friday, August 25 at 6:00 p.m. and then again on Saturday, August 25 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p. m. Walking along the road is permitted during the times mentioned above. The Iceberg Pass pull-off area along Trail Ridge Road, between Rock Cut and Lava Cliffs, will be closed to the public from 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 23 through 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Saturday, August 25.
For more information about Rocky Mountain National Park please contact the park's Information Office at (970) 586-1206.