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Floodgates Open on Two Wild Days

Before dawn, as promised, buses lined up in a field beside the enormous Homestead-Miami Speedway to carry scientists, National Park Service rangers (here from across the U.S.), and National Geographic staff to the Biscayne visitor’s center, home to BioBlitz Base Camp. Empty trails… … and a placid, rocky beach by Biscayne Bay… … belied the...

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Before dawn, as promised, buses lined up in a field beside the enormous Homestead-Miami Speedway to carry scientists, National Park Service rangers (here from across the U.S.), and National Geographic staff to the Biscayne visitor’s center, home to BioBlitz Base Camp.

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Empty trails…

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… and a placid, rocky beach by Biscayne Bay…

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… belied the imminent arrival of hundreds of students, teachers, families, and other nature-lovers bent on documenting the national park’s living wonders over the next few days. Awaiting boats ferried the first field crews eastward across the water toward Elliott Key.

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While scientists retrieved their assignments at the registration tent …

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… an early-morning snorkel team prepped to get wet.

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Teens from the TERRA Environmental Research School

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… Miami’s new “green” magnet high school, were first on the scene of more than 1,200 students slated to descend on the Biscayne BioBlitz.

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After long months of planning, the ‘Blitz is on!

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Read more about the National Geographic-National Park Service Biscayne BioBlitz on NatGeo News Watch.

Photos by Tim Greenleaf

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