BioBlitz Recognized as Integral to Cutting Edge Action-Oriented Inquiry-Based Social Studies Teaching and Learning

By Amber Strong Makaiau   Can humans reverse the negative effects they have had on the environment? This was the compelling question that close to 250 public high school students and their teachers asked as they conducted a BioBlitz in the two ahupua‘a (Hawaiian land divisions) surrounding their school last spring. The BioBlitz, which was born out…

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Citizen scientists give NPS 100,000+ biodiversity records for 100th birthday

Today, the U.S. National Park Service turns 100 years old. The National Park Service has been celebrating all year by organizing over 100 BioBlitzes to document the species living in our national parks, recreation areas, monuments, and historic sites. In addition to the BioBlitzes, NPS has been working with iNaturalist to keep track of biodiversity…

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Becoming Naturalists at the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center

At the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center in East Freeport, Florida, children are learning about nature by experiencing it firsthand. Developed by Walton County conservationist M.C. Davis in 2009, the Center sits on the 50,000-acre Nokuse Plantation. Paul Arthur, president of Nokuse Education Inc. and director of E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center for the past five years,…

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How Wireless Hotspots Made the 2016 BioBlitz Count

Geared with technology, Washington, D.C. area students made their participation at the National Parks BioBlitz count! More than 2,600 students explored national parks in and around the national capital area, May 20-21, 2016,  as part of the National Parks BioBlitz, the culmination of a ten-year partnership between the National Geographic Society and the National Park…

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Ten Out of Ten BioBlitzes for Bug Scientist Gary Hevel

Smithsonian entomologist Gary Hevel is the only scientist to have attended every one of the ten annual BioBlitzes organized by the National Park Service and the National Geographic Society in the run up to this year’s NPS centennial. As he did for the previous BioBlitzes, he brought with him thousands of mounted insect specimens he collected in…

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Earth Conservation Corps Raptor Is Wildlife Ambassador at National Mall BioBlitz

Ronnell Blakeney is a team leader with Earth Conservation Corps, an organization with a mission “to empower our endangered youth to restore the Anacostia River, their communities and their lives.” The Anacostia is a tributary of the Potomac River that was so polluted from development and industrial discharge that it was dubbed “D.C.’s forgotten river”. Ronnell was…

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Nationwide BioBlitz Records 6,481 Species in 126 U.S. Parks

Thousands of wildlife spotters fanned out across 126 U.S. national park units Friday and Saturday in a mammoth BioBlitz held to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the National Park Service. For the 24-hour reporting period ending midday Saturday, over a thousand experts studied more than 50,000 observations submitted for review through the iNaturalist app, and identified 6,481…

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Song and Dance Opens National Parks BioBlitz on Washington Mall

“We’re here to honor this beautiful land and the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, and to find out about the Earth that we need to protect together,” National Geographic President and CEO Gary E. Knell said at the opening of the 2016 National Parks BioBlitz today. Knell was speaking at an event on the National Mall,…

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Meet the Bee Expert who Helped Invent the BioBlitz

Sam Droege is known for his stunning close-up photography of bees, published in National Geographic (magazine and online), and featured also in the video on this post. He’ll be participating in the National Parks BioBlitz in Washington, D.C. this weekend, looking for bees, of course. Droege is also the head of the bee inventory and monitoring…

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#BioBlitz2016 Takeaway: Restoring Nature Restores Benefits for People

Dr. Thomas E. Lovejoy, a National Geographic Fellow, will be participating in the National Parks BioBlitz in Washington, D.C., this weekend, including accompanying a biodiversity inventory on Theodore Roosevelt Island, a natural memorial to America’s 26th President. Lovejoy directed the World Wildlife Fund-U.S. program from 1973 to 1987 and was responsible for its scientific, Western Hemisphere, and tropical…

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U.S. Parks ‘Blitzed’ in Celebration of Biodiversity Across America

It’s #BioBlitz2016 — are you ready? More than a hundred U.S. national parks and partner sites are hosting a nationwide BioBlitz across America this weekend. Tens of thousands of people are expected to participate in the National Parks BioBlitz, the tenth in a series of BioBlitzes hosted by the National Park Service (NPS) and the National…

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