BioBlitz Moves to Washington, D.C. in 2016

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the U.S. National Park Service, the tenth in a series of annual BioBlitzes hosted by the service and the National Geographic Society will be held in parks in the Washington, D.C. area.

But in a first for the BioBlitz, the event next May will also be celebrated across some 400 U.S. National Park properties, said Michael Stebbins, the assistant director for biotechnology in the science division of the White House Office of Science Policy.

The announcement of next year’s venue was made at the conclusion today of the BioBlitz in the Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.

During closing ceremonies, the BioBlitz flag was passed to Karen Cucurullo, Acting Superintendent for the National Mall and Memorial Parks, and Michael Stebbins.

The 2016 National Capital Parks BioBlitz will feature inventory activities at national park sites in and around Washington, D.C., May 20-21, 2016. The capital celebration will be the cornerstone of BioBlitzes and biodiversity events at U.S. national parks that same weekend.

The first BioBlitz was held at Rock Creek Park in Washington, D.C., in 2007. The second took place at Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in California in 2008. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore was the site of the third BioBlitz in 2009; Biscayne National Park outside Miami was the 2010 site; Saguaro National Park in Tucson hosted the 2011 BioBlitz; Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado was the 2012 host park; in 2013 BioBlitz took place at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve outside New Orleans; and Golden Gate National Parks in Northern California hosted BioBlitz 2014.

12418031_10153900711084116_8462971761216697621_nDavid Braun is director of outreach with the digital and social media team illuminating the National Geographic Society’s explorer, science, and education programs.

He edits National Geographic Voices, hosting a global discussion on issues resonating with the Society’s mission and major initiatives. Contributors include grantees and Society partners, as well as universities, foundations, interest groups, and individuals dedicated to a sustainable world. More than 50,000 readers have participated in 10,000 conversations.

Braun also directs the Society side of the Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship

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