Robert Kunzig

No one is more passionate about the BioBlitz than John Francis, vice president of research, conservation, and exploration at National Geographic and head of the large team that helps the Park Service organize the annual event. This morning Francis turned what for most people would have been merely a restorative pit stop into yet another...

Jean Lafitte National Park’s Barataria Preserve, south of New Orleans, faces serious challenges. Rising seas may drown the preserve in the next century. Canals dredged for shipping and oil exploration channel saltwater into the preserve’s freshwater marsh, destroying the plants that maintain it. “We have a robust but threatened ecosystem that does not need another...

When you drive through Rocky Mountain National Park these days, one of the stranger things you notice—once you’ve stopped being startled by the scenery or the elk—is the enormous piles of wood along the road. They’re shaped like teepees, they’re called slash piles, and they’re future bonfires: Last winter the rangers lit 5,700 of them...

Last year the members of the Eco Club at Sabino High School in Tucson, Arizona, were enthusiastic BioBlitzers at Saguaro National Park, their home field, where they counted things like frogs that live in small granite pools in the desert. They liked that so well they returned later to count giant saguaro cactuses in a...

National Park Service director Jon Jarvis came to Rocky Mountain National Park on August 24 to join in the BioBlitz. But he also came to release a report, prepared at his request by a committee of scientists, that outlines a new strategy for the Park Service as it approaches its centennial in 2016. Called Revisiting Leopold,...

Tune into @NatGeoLive at noon (EST) tomorrow for a live twitter chat with @NatGeoMag‘s Rob Kunzig. Send your questions to #7billion. Hello and happy Seven Billion Day from human #2,873,665,681! Or maybe I’m really #2,874,426,148. It depends on which of the web-based population counters I enter my birth date in.  That small ambiguity in the...