Learning to See the Forest for the Bees at Olympic National Park

“How many species of bees do you think there are?” I realize at this moment that I can only think of about three, which is clearly the wrong answer. JD Herndon and Houston Guy, entomologists who have come up to Washington State from Utah, wait patiently with little grins on their faces. They know most…

Ten Out of Ten BioBlitzes for Bug Scientist Gary Hevel

Smithsonian entomologist Gary Hevel is the only scientist to have attended every one of the ten annual BioBlitzes organized by the National Park Service and the National Geographic Society in the run up to this year’s NPS centennial.

As he did for the previous BioBlitzes, he brought with him thousands of mounted insect specimens he collected in his backyard in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Earth Conservation Corps Raptor Is Wildlife Ambassador at National Mall BioBlitz

Ronnell Blakeney is a team leader with Earth Conservation Corps, an organization with a mission “to empower our endangered youth to restore the Anacostia River, their communities and their lives.”

Nationwide BioBlitz Records 6,481 Species in 126 U.S. Parks

Scientists identified 6,481 species of plants, animals and other organisms from more than 50,000 observations, many of them by citizen scientists, in the #2016BioBlitz this weekend.

Song and Dance Opens National Parks BioBlitz on Washington Mall

“We’re here to honor this beautiful land and the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, and to find out about the Earth that we need to protect together,” National Geographic President and CEO Gary E. Knell said at the opening of the 2016 National Parks BioBlitz today. Knell was speaking at an event on the National Mall,…

#BioBlitz2016 Takeaway: How Geology Shapes Nature in Washington, D.C.

To know how the U.S. national capital area was created geographically — the basic structures formed by millions of years of Earth’s dynamics — is to better understand not only why certain species of plants and animals flourish there, but also why they (and Washington. D.C.) are there at all. Ford Cochran, a professor of geology and environmental science,…

Meet the Bee Expert who Helped Invent the BioBlitz

Sam Droege is known for his stunning close-up photography of bees, published in National Geographic (magazine and online), and featured also in the video on this post. He’ll be participating in the National Parks BioBlitz in Washington, D.C. this weekend, looking for bees, of course. Droege is also the head of the bee inventory and monitoring…

#BioBlitz2016 Takeaway: Restoring Nature Restores Benefits for People

Dr. Thomas E. Lovejoy, a National Geographic Fellow, will be participating in the National Parks BioBlitz in Washington, D.C., this weekend, including accompanying a biodiversity inventory on Theodore Roosevelt Island, a natural memorial to America’s 26th President. Lovejoy directed the World Wildlife Fund-U.S. program from 1973 to 1987 and was responsible for its scientific, Western Hemisphere, and tropical…

U.S. Parks ‘Blitzed’ in Celebration of Biodiversity Across America

It’s #BioBlitz2016 — are you ready? More than a hundred U.S. national parks and partner sites are hosting a nationwide BioBlitz across America this weekend. Tens of thousands of people are expected to participate in the National Parks BioBlitz, the tenth in a series of BioBlitzes hosted by the National Park Service (NPS) and the National…

BioBlitz 2016 Introduction

A BioBlitz is an event that focuses on finding and identifying as many species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time. At a BioBlitz, scientists, families, students, teachers, and other community members work together to get an overall count of the plants, animals, fungi, and other organisms that live in a place. In 2016, to celebrate the centennial, the BioBlitz initiative goes national! The cornerstone BioBlitz in the Washington, D.C. region will take place May 20-21, with over 200 BioBlitzes happening across the country and throughout the year.

The BioBlitz Dance Tutorial

By John Griffith, Inventor of the BioBlitz Dance The Bioblitz Dance is a celebration of the outdoors, human diversity, and biodiversity. This year, it is also a celebration of the centennial anniversary of the U.S. National Park Service. What is a BioBlitz Event? A BioBlitz is an event that focuses on finding and identifying as…

Imani’s BioBlitz

How to Run a Schoolyard BioBlitz

Streamed live on May 4, 2016 Interested in getting your students outside more? Want to prove that science is alive all around them? Join or start a bioblitz—an event that focuses on finding and identifying as many species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time. At a bioblitz, scientists, families,…

Hear Hawaiian Songbirds Start the Day with a Dawn Chorus

Dr. Jacob Job works in the Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division of the National Park Service and as a research associate at Colorado State University. At BioBlitz 2015, tucked away in the middle of a tropical rainforest, he recorded a dawn chorus in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. The audio snapshots Job collects are a reminder that nature can be heard as well as seen.

Wings, Water, Wind, and Hope in Hawaii

Because the Hawaiian islands were created by volcanoes, all life had to arrive there either by water, wind, or wings. After many negative effects, can humans help preserve some of this delicate ecology?