While locals from New Orleans gather in the wetlands of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park for BioBlitz in the United States this weekend, a few thousand miles away, the Parco Naturale Pantanello, a wetland in Italy is hosting BioBlitz Italia–two events full of wonderful similarities and striking differences.
The most colorful difference was the performance by traditional flag throwers in Corfi, a city dating back to before the founding of Rome. For at least 500 years, vibrant costumes and flags have combined with elements of dance and drill skills to present a distinct form of performance, based on military use of flag signals for long-distance communication.
While birds of prey, turtles, snakes, and fish are found in both parks, the topic of fortified defense is handled quite differently in each: Pantanello lies in the shadow of a medieval castle with huge stone walls, arches, and winding streets; Jean Lafitte Park’s best armament is on the armadillos, bony-plated mammals found only in the Americas.
For all their physical differences, the two BioBlitzes this weekend are in spirit the same: efforts to get adults and students together, with public and private representatives and organizations, with scientists and photographers to explore nature and get to know the wilderness around them more closely, in the hope of making the natural world a bigger part of everyone’s daily life and thoughts.
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