The NPS/National Geographic Society BioBlitz at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve (May 17-18, 2013), brought together leading scientists and naturalists from around the country and local citizens of all ages. Inventories included herpetofaunal counts, aquatic and terrestrial invertebrate inventories, avifauna observations, and native and non-native plant surveys. Participants also used technology, such as tree cameras and smartphones, to record and understand the diverse ecosystems of this unique national park. At the time of the event’s closing ceremony, 458 species had been identified, including a rare Louisiana milk snake, 288 plants, and 122 invertebrate specie. Find out more information at the Jean Lafitte National Historic Park and Preserve website.
The NPS Biodiversity Youth Ambassadors were on hand to help discover and document plant and animal diversity. Check out their blog to see the event through their eyes. For more information, visit the National Geographic Society website.