Sean O’Connor

Crowd-sourcing the BioBlitz

Pulling off a National Geographic BioBlitz involves a lot of people: park rangers, scientist volunteers, thousands of K-12 students, a lot of curious visitors, and online observers. And it is an all-hands-on-deck kind of event—using technology we are able ...

Exploring BioBlitz Geography on FieldScope

As the sun shines high noon over New Orleans today, a group of more than one thousand scientists, students, and curious people will spread out across the Barataria Preserve (a section of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park & Preserve) as ...

Counting Stars at the Saguaro National Park BioBlitz

  By Sean O’Connor Artificial lights flood the night sky, making the urban and suburban lives that so many of us live a little brighter, but not necessarily for the better. Light pollution also drowns out the sea of ...

Fieldscope maps bioblitz on the Web

By Sean O’Connor Scientists have been observing and recording information about plants and animals from at least time time of Pliny the Elder, the Roman naturalist from 2,000 years ago, with a penchant for fish farming and the medicinal use ...

Banding birds at the BioBlitz

By Sean O’Connor Biscayne National Park, Florida–Migratory birds heading north to breeding grounds in higher latitudes are common visitors to the Florida Keys. Robin Diaz of the South Florida Bird Observatory tags an American redstart on Elliot Key ...