If you’re going to find a few thousand species in a park, you’d better look beyond just the bears and elk. In the gallery above see how volunteers at this year’s BioBlitz in Rocky Mountain National Park are leaving no stone unturned, weather wading into Lily Lake or wandering under the pines at Beaver Meadow.
BioBlitz is a 24-hour species inventory led once each year by National Geographic and the U.S. National Park Service. In addition, other groups and individuals across the country and around the world regularly perform bioblitzes of their own.
The goal of the movement is to get people to explore the natural world just outside their doors and get to know a few more of the thousands of plants and animals that live among them. Take a look at the photos here and then get outside and explore your neighborhood!