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See an Adventure Scientists Project in Action on Facebook Live!

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to experience an Adventure Scientists project firsthand in the field, here’s your chance.

Currently, our adventurous volunteers are hiking, biking, running, and climbing to alpine meadows across the western U.S. to catch, photograph, and release backcountry butterflies. These pollinators are indicators of overall biodiversity and will help forestry management throughout the region.

Michelle Toshack, project manager for our Conserving Biodiversity: Pollinators showed the world how it works during two Facebook LIVE videos from the mountains of Montana with National Geographic Travel and National Geographic Magazine this past Tuesday, August 7. (Each video lasts about 10 minutes.)

Adventure Scientists volunteers are taking to alpine meadows across the western U.S. to catch, photograph, and release backcountry butterflies. TheSE POLLINATORS are indicators of overall biodiversity and will help forestry management throughout the region. Photo by Louise Johns

This is just one piece of Nat Geo’s outreach for the epic Yellowstone Live television event happening this week. The butterflies and wildflowers at the center of our work will bring viewers’ attention from the iconic bison, wolves, and geysers to the smaller things that make up the unique and awe-inspiring Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

If you’ve been inspired, join us as a volunteer, or pitch your project as a scientist!

Gregg Treinish founded Adventure Scientists in 2011 with a strong passion for both scientific discovery and exploration. National Geographic named Gregg Adventurer of the Year in 2008 when he and a friend completed a 7,800-mile trek along the spine of the Andes Mountain Range. He was included on the Christian Science Monitor's 30 under 30 list in 2012, and the following year became a National Geographic Emerging Explorer for his work with Adventure Scientists. In 2013, he was named a Backpacker Magazine "hero", in 2015, a Draper Richards Kaplan Entrepreneur and one of Men's Journal's "50 Most Adventurous Men." In 2017, he was named an Ashoka Fellow. Gregg holds a biology degree from Montana State University and a sociology degree from CU-Boulder. He thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2004. Read more updates from Gregg and others on the Adventure Scientists team at adventurescientists.org/field-notes. Follow Adventure Scientists on Instagram @adventurescientists, on Facebook @adventurescientists, and on Twitter @AdvScientists.

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