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Contact: Raena Parsons, 360-378-2240, ext. 2222
Contact: Doug Halsey, 360-378-2240, ext. 2228
San Juan Islanders and visitors throughout the region will have the opportunity to work along side scientists in tallying the flora and fauna of American during the park's first BioBlitz scheduled from noon to noon, Saturday and Sunday, May 3-4.
A BioBlitz is a unique combination of taxonomic inventory, public outreach, and science education. At its core, the BioBlitz is species inventory in which teams of volunteers, each led by an expert scientist, find, identify, and photograph as many species as possible within a 24-hour period. This snapshot view helps us look at many different habitats over the same time period, and better understand what lives in the park.
The park is looking for field biologists, naturalists, and taxonomic experts to participate in the BioBlitz. But even if you don't have scientific expertise, come along anyway and learn while doing. We also need volunteer photographers, computer wizards, people wranglers and coffee makers.
"The success of a BioBlitz depends greatly on the knowledge and enthusiasm of the participants," said Raena Parsons, park education specialist."Come join us and share your knowledge."
Counting activties will be supplemented by guided botony, bird and art walks throughout the day. Stay posted for times and dates.Please indicate your interest by filling out a Registration Packet, available here, and send to Parsons as soon as possible. For information call her at 360-378-2240, ext. 2222 or e-mail us.
How to Prepare for the BioBlitz
Go to the links below and at right on this page to find materials that may assist you in helping scientists who will be on site May3-4. We've included plant identifications and a couple of National Geographic PowerPoint programs addressing observation and identification.