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By Amy Werner Today is World Fish Migration day, a day best celebrated by raising awareness of the importance of open rivers and migratory fish, exactly what Rock Creek Park did at a 2016 BioBlitz fish identification on May 20. The urban oasis of Rock Creek Park in Washington D.C., is often viewed as containing only…
This year proved that there’s still so much left to explore—from discovering a new human ancestor deep in a South African cave to protecting some of the last wild places in the ocean.
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.
People all around the world submitted nearly 40,000 observations of plants, animals, and fungi to create a global snapshot of biodiversity last month, as part of National Geographic’s Great Nature Project.
When groups from around the world gather in a place as wild as Australia for something as outdoors-oriented as the World Parks Congress, they’d better not sit inside wearing neckties and high-heels all day. To that end, the recent congress in Sydney included a BioBlitz, an intense, public, 24-hour inventory of all the different living species in the area. Inspired by…
Families across the United States got a glimpse of the world of BioBlitz this weekend as CBS Sunday Morning took viewers into this year’s exploration of San Francisco’s Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
One soggy Saturday morning in March, six kids and their parents stared into the San Francisco Bay looking for “Mussels, Mollusks and More!” Smithsonian Marine Biologist Linda McCann was on hand to help make sense of it all. “Anybody here know what those are?” McCann asks her rapt audience. “We have a lot of barnacles,…
The winter of 2014 was long and cold in many parts of North America. But even the most frigid midwestern temperatures would be considered mild to Oymyakon, Russia’s 472 residents. One of the candidates for the “Coldest Town in the World,” Felicity Aston visited the Siberian hamlet in the middle of winter to learn how its residents deal with sustained temperatures of -76 degrees Fahrenheit. On her 18,000 mile “Pole of Cold” drive from London to Europe and Asia’s coldest places, Aston learned that the residents love winter, because it often provides them with their livelihood, it connects them with nearby towns by letting them drive over frozen lakes and rivers. She also gives tips on how to get a car to start when the mercury dips nearly 100 degrees below freezing.
For as big and wild as the parks are, we have a tendency to put them into a very tiny box, thinking they’re just for summer road trips and photo journeys. It’s good to let them out.
Every year at BioBlitz, National Geographic and the U.S. National Park Service rally to get people young and old to explore the wild spaces around them during a whirlwind 24-hour search to identify every species they can find. In advance of our next event in Golden Gate National Recreation Area, March 28-29, 2014, we’re already…
The final tally for this year’s BioBlitz at Golden Gate National Parks includes everything from a mountain lion to a tree-dwelling salamander. Top officials from the National Park Service and National Geographic describe each group of organisms. Bob Hirshon reports.
In this installment of BioBlitz 2014 video coverage, Bob Hirshon hghlights the taxonomists whose job it is to find and identify species, and to organize the wide variety of life on earth.
National Park Service Biodiversity Youth Ambassadors blog about their participation in the Golden Gate BioBlitz.
Rain doesn’t stop the BioBlitz. Citizen scientists scoured the waters and grounds of Golden Gates National Parks, from Muir Woods to the Presidio, for all the plant, animal, and insect species they could find in a 24-hour period. They found 2,304 species, surpassing the record. More than 80 species were new to the parks’ species list. And at least 15 species were identified as threatened.
View a photo gallery of some of the incredible species discovered at the 2014 National Geographic/National Park Service BioBlitz event.