With the numbers still coming in from scientists, the 24-hour BioBlitz in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has so far formally identified more than 400 species. Jumping spiders were among at least 22 species until now not recorded for the park.
The official report presented at the end of the BioBlitz:
Hawai’i Volcanoes encompasses a vast landscape that stretches from it’s 36 miles of coastline all the way to the summit of Mauna Loa at 14,000 feet. Within this vast landscape are seven ecological zones that are home to 2,743 different plant and animal species. Of those 59 percent are native, and of these native plants and a animals, 134 are considered under the Endangered Species Act.
David Braun is director of outreach with the digital and social media team illuminating the National Geographic Society’s explorer, science, and education programs.
He edits National Geographic Voices, hosting a global discussion on issues resonating with the Society’s mission and major initiatives. Contributors include grantees and Society partners, as well as universities, foundations, interest groups, and individuals dedicated to a sustainable world. More than 50,000 readers have participated in 10,000 conversations.
Braun also directs the Society side of the Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship.