Saguaro National Park BioBlitz 2011

Exploring invertebrates at the 2011 BioBlitz at Saguaro National Park
Exploring invertebrates at the 2011 BioBlitz at Saguaro National Park

NPS Photo.

More than 5,500 people, including 2,000 students and 150 scientists, attended the 2011 Saguaro BioBlitz, (October 21-22) and discovered 859 species during the 24 hour inventory period. Included in that total were more than 400 species, mostly invertebrate animals and non-vascular plants, which were previously unknown in the park. The accompanying Biodiversity Festival had an integrated art program that included pieces featuring local species, created by local students, seniors, and artists.For more information, visit the Saguaro 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.