BioBlitz Comes to San Francisco

Set against an urban backdrop, San Francisco’s rich biodiversity awaits discovery. Photo by Clay Bolt.

Over 300 scientists reported for duty Friday morning, March 28th for a 24-hour species count at San Francisco’s Golden Gate National Parks. The event, known as BioBlitz, brings together local scientists and members of the community to survey a new national park each year. This year, the National Geographic-National Park Service partnership celebrates its 8th BioBlitz event in the San Francisco National Park region with sites spanning from Muir Woods to Rancho Corral de Tierra south of the city.  The two-day event will conclude with a big reveal –the total number of species discovered in the park.

Inventory site range from Muir Woods to
Inventory sites range from Muir Woods to Rancho
Corral de Tierra. Image from Google Maps.

National Geographic’s Vice President for Research, Conservation, and Exploration, John Francis commented that Golden Gate contains the third largest number of federally protected endangered species. This year’s BioBlitz serves an important role for understanding just how rich with plant and animal life the parks are and how we can conserve it.

In light of this weekend’s events, John Francis appeared on local NPR station KQED to talk about the blitz taking San Francisco by storm.“People are becoming increasingly urbanized and some don’t event know they can rely on and enjoy nature in their own backyards,” says John. “This [event] is a lot about awaking people’s spirits and minds.”

Listen to the entire interview to discover more about BioBlitz 2014 and learn about some of the species that call San Francisco home.

KQED Radio: Scientists and Hobbyists Team Up to Catalog Species in Golden Gate National Parks

NEXT: Three Hundred Scientists Report for Golden Gate BioBlitz

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