BioBlitz

How to Organize a Junior Bug Blitz

By Jonathan Carpenter Photographs by: Kevin FitzPatrick (All Species Photography) and Paul Nolte “In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will only understand what we are taught.” — Baba ...

What is the Value of a Species?

Let’s be honest, these are challenging times to be a conservationist, animal lover, nature fan, outdoorsman…a human. No matter the label, one thing that we all share in common is a desire to feel wonder: a wonder that ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

#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 ...

BioBlitz 2016 Introduction

A BioBlitz is an event that focuses on finding and identifying as many species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time. At a BioBlitz, scientists, families, students, teachers, and other community members work together to ...

The BioBlitz Dance Tutorial

By John Griffith, Inventor of the BioBlitz Dance The Bioblitz Dance is a celebration of the outdoors, human diversity, and biodiversity. This year, it is also a celebration of the centennial anniversary of the U.S. National Park Service. What ...