Students and Teachers: Get involved in the first ever underwater Bioblitz!
A BioBlitz is an annual event that is part scientific endeavor, part festival and part outdoor classroom.
Join the 2010 BioBlitz in Biscayne National Park near Miami, Florida on Friday, April 30th, when scientists, students, and the public join forces to explore the park’s biodiversity and identify every living species in and out of its tropical waters–in just 24 hours. For more on this year’s event, go to www.nationalgeographic.com/bioblitz.
Can’t make it to Miami?
Students can participate from a distance in these ways:
Disclaimer: OK, so this post is 2 weeks late as a result of my temporarily misplacing my thumbdrive and getting caught up with other work. Sincerest apologies! The good news is, it’s still plenty relevant, because BioBlitz is a year-round initiative. And in fact, planning is already underway for the 2010 signature event in Biscayne Bay, Florida. Look for more BioBlitz news in upcoming months here on the blog!
This past weekend [er, May 15], I trekked out to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore (INDU) to take part in the 3rd annual BioBlitz, a 24 hour species inventory hosted by National Geographic and the National Park Service. While not quite as sunny as last year’s event at Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA or “SAMO”), it was no less rich of a scientific endeavor. At SAMO, I was primarily occupied with public outreach, manning an activities booth. This year, my focus was a citizen science collaborative mapping project. Along with a few other staffers, I led four groups of local students using National Geographic Education’s new Fieldscope tool to track ecological succession along the dunes. But that was just one of the activities taking place at the park. Here are some highlights, in the spirit of “Five for Friday.”
5 Favorite Blog Posts For the past two years, National Geographic’s Ford Cochran and Emily Landis have braved extreme temperatures and sleep deprivation to bring round-the-clock coverage of the Blitz. Here are my five favorite posts from this year’s Blog: