In the Field at BioBlitz

If you’re going to find a few thousand species in a park, you’d better look beyond just the bears and elk. In the gallery above see how volunteers at this year’s BioBlitz in Rocky Mountain National Park are leaving no stone unturned, weather wading into Lily Lake or wandering under the pines at Beaver Meadow.

BioBlitz is a 24-hour species inventory led once each year by National Geographic and the U.S. National Park Service. In addition, other groups and individuals across the country and around the world regularly perform bioblitzes of their own.

The goal of the movement is to get people to explore the natural world just outside their doors and get to know a few more of the thousands of plants and animals that live among them. Take a look at the photos here and then get outside and explore your neighborhood!


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Meet the Author
Andrew Howley is a longtime contributor to the National Geographic blog, with a particular focus on archaeology and paleoanthropology generally, and ancient rock art in particular. In 2018 he became Communications Director at Adventure Scientists, founded by Nat Geo Explorer Gregg Treinish. Over 11 years at the National Geographic Society, Andrew worked in various ways to share the stories of NG explorers and grantees online. He also produced the Home Page of for several years, and helped manage the Society's Facebook page during its breakout year of 2010. He studied Anthropology with a focus on Archaeology from the College of William & Mary in Virginia. He has covered expeditions with NG Explorers-in-Residence Mike Fay, Enric Sala, and Lee Berger. His personal interests include painting, running, and reading about history. You can follow him on Twitter @anderhowl and on Instagram @andrewjhowley.