What is Biodiversity Discovery?

National Park Service lands are considered refuges of biodiversity, yet it’s estimated that 80-90 percent of species in park lands and waters are still waiting to be discovered.

Become a Citizen Scientist and Steward

People of all ages and backgrounds are teaming up with trained scientists to discover and document what lives in our national parks. Biodiversity discovery efforts usually focus on lesser known groups, such as invertebrates, fungi, microorganisms, and non-vascular plants to address our largest knowledge gaps.
Students participate in biodiversity discovery activities in national parks
Left, a stream inventory at the 2014 BioBlitz in Rocky Mountain National Park. Right, student discovering a patent leather beetle at the 2013 BioBlitz at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve.

NPS Photo.

Last updated: February 11, 2016


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