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Learn the Moves of the BioBlitz Dance

By John Griffith

Doing the Bioblitz Dance is a great way to celebrate the outdoors, the Bioblitz event, and the National Park Service’s upcoming centennial anniversary!

The Bioblitz Dance’s origins start with Rue Mapp, the founder and CEO of the group called Outdoor Afro. She invited me and my California Conservation Corps members to participate in the 2014 National Geographic Bioblitz and Biodiversity Festival at Golden Gate National Recreation Area. To say that we danced for joy at being included in this celebration of National Parks would not be an overstatement. We in fact created a dance specifically for the event. We called it the Bioblitz Dance.We uploaded the original Bioblitz Dance video (above) two weeks prior to the Bioblitz event and were surprised about how many kids saw it and learned the moves.  On the day of the event, dozens of those students joined us onstage and did the Bioblitz Dance with us. And since then, we’ve received over twenty Bioblitz Dance video responses from Romania to Africa and all over the United States.

We would love for you to join us in celebration of National Geographic’s Bioblitz and the National Park Service by doing your own Bioblitz Dance in the great outdoors!  Record your dance and upload it to Youtube with the title: “The Bioblitz Dance.” And remember to obey the one rule of the Bioblitz Dance: It must be done outdoors.

John Griffith is a crew supervisor for the California Conservation Corps and the author of the eco-fantasy novel for kids ages 10 and up titled, Totem Magic: Going MAD. You can watch dozens of Bioblitz Dance, environmental edutainment, and Corps program videos on his Youtube channel, and you can learn more about his book on the Totem Magic: going MAD website. You can also follow him on Facebook.

Forty years in U.S., UK, and South African media gives David Braun global perspective and experience across multiple storytelling platforms. His coverage of science, nature, politics, and technology has been published/broadcast by the BBC, CNN, NPR, AP, UPI, National Geographic, TechWeb, De Telegraaf, Travel World, and Argus South African Newspapers. He has published two books and won several journalism awards. He has 120,000 followers on social media.

Assignments in 80 countries/territories included visits to a secret rebel base in Angola, Sahrawi camps in Algeria, and Wayana villages in the remote Amazon. Braun traveled with Nelson Mandela on the liberation leader’s Freedom Tour of North America, accompanied President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton to their foundation’s projects in four African countries and Mexico, covered African peace talks chaired by Fidel Castro in Havana and Boutros Boutros-Ghali in Cairo, and collaborated with Angelina Jolie at World Refugee Day events in Washington, D.C. As a member of the National Geographic Expeditions Council, and media representative to the Society’s Committee for Research and Exploration, he joined researchers on field inspections in many parts of the world.

Braun has been a longtime member/executive of journalist guilds, press clubs, and professional groups, including the National Press Club (Washington) and editorial committee of the Online Publishers Association. He served as WMA Magazine of the Year Awards judge (2010-2012), advisory board member of Children’s Eyes On Earth International Youth Photography Contest (2012), and multimedia/communications affiliate of the International League of Conservation Photographers (2015-2017).

David Braun edits National Geographic Voices, hosting a global discussion on issues resonating with the Society’s mission and initiatives. Contributors include grantees and Society partners, as well as universities, foundations, interest groups, and individuals dedicated to a sustainable world.

He also directs the Society side of the Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship, awarded to Americans seeking the opportunity to spend nine months abroad, engaging local communities and sharing stories from the field with a global audience.

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