Rocky Mountain National Park BioBlitz 2012

Looking for life at high elevations at the 2012 BioBlitz at Rocky Mountain National Park
Looking for life at high elevations at the 2012 BioBlitz at Rocky Mountain National Park.

NPS Photo.

On August 24-25, 2012, more than 150 scientists joined forces with 5,000 people of all ages and backgrounds to seek out the living creatures in Rocky Mountain National Park. Inventories took place in various ecological life zones, including ponderosa pine forests, the subalpine region, the tundra, and mountain meadows. Among the overall total of 490 species discovered, 138 were previously unknown to be in the park. A companion festival at the Estes Park Fairgrounds advanced and celebrated public awareness of biodiversity. For more information visit the Rocky Mountain National Park website.

The NPS Biodiversity Youth Ambassadors kept a blog over the course of the BioBlitz, providing a glimpse of the event through their eyes. Also check out the photo gallery to see the festivities. For more information, visit the National Geographic Society website.