Biscayne National Park, Florida–The National Geographic/National Park Service bioblitz on the southern side of Miami lies at an interesting intersection of urban development and the natural environment, different climate zones, the contninental landmass and the ocean–and perhaps at a crossroad of history.
I spoke briefly to Superintendent Mark Lewis about the park and the biobllitz.
The bioblitz is a wonderful opportunity to find out what’s neat about Buiscayne National Park, he said. “It’s a place where the tropics meet the climate of North America, where currents collide. People come here to visit this marine environment, a lot for the first time in their lives.”
The bioblitz involves some 150 scientists taking inventory of all the living species in the park, wherever they may be found. It’s a lot of ground and water to cover–172,000 acres, (Imagine a park 200 times the size of New York’s Central Park).
“It’s hard to manage your resources if you don’t what all of your resources are,” Lewis said. He’s hoping the bioblitz will increase the number of species known to be in the park.
posted by David Braun