Friday, May 18, 2007

What's in a BioBlitz?

What’s it like at a BioBlitz? In a word, busy.

White tents near the park’s Nature Center house tables of scientists and researchers, who will help participants and volunteers log their finds.

Groups of scientists and researchers are leading teams of participants out in the park, recording each species they encounter. There are teams for birds, fish, mammals, amphibians, fungi, aquatic insects, plants, and more.

Once the teams come back in, they’ll add their counts to the main species tally. The hope is that we’ll find more than 1,000 species here over the next 24 hours.

Also at BioBlitz “Base Camp” are representatives and exhibits from groups such as the Virginia Herpetological Society, the Student Conservation Association, the Nature Conservancy, National Geographic’s My Wonderful World campaign, and, of course, the National Parks Service.

Check back soon for our next update!


Species count: 5

Photograph by Mark Christmas/NGS

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