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National Geographic and National Park Service: 10 Years of BioBlitz

One annual BioBlitz in an urban NPS unit, leading up to 2016 centennial. 2007: Rock Creek Park. 2008: Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. 2009: Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. 2010: Biscayne National Park.

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National Geographic and National Park Service: 10 Years of BioBlitz

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National Geographic and National Park Service: 10 Years of BioBlitzOne annual BioBlitz in an urban NPS unit, leading up to 2016 centennial

2007: Rock Creek Park2008: Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

2009: Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore2010: Biscayne National ParkSlide3

Why Saguaro National Park?

Biogeographically unique & diverse desertSouthwestern city with a lot of scientistsClose ties with surrounding communities

Successful and active environmental education programsEnthusiastic staffSlide4

Major Goals of our BioBlitz

Find, identify, and learn about as many species as possibleHighlight unique biodiversity protected by NPS system-wideIntroduce public & scientists to their local NPS lands & waters

Let the public do science in the field with expertsInspire the next generation of organismal biologists and stewardsGuide people in reconnecting to natureBuild capacity & interestSlide5

Nature Deficit Disorder and Our Future StewardsSlide7

Major Components of BioBlitz

K-12 School Group Activities

Scientists & Inventories

Social Media

Celebrate BioDiversity Festival

Public Presentations

Exhibit Booths & Biodiversity University

Base Camp and Satellites



Park = Two


= different

resources91,445 acres and 70,905 acres designated wilderness

TMD – two biotic communities

desert scrub

desert grassland

RMD – six biotic communities

desert scrub

desert grassland

oak woodland

pine-oak woodland

pine forest

mixed conifer forest

2,180 - 4,687 ft elevation range

Over 13,000


designated wilderness

2,670 - 8,666 ft elevation range

Nearly 58,000






districts of Saguaro National Park)Slide10

Tucson Mountain District, Saguaro National Park


locations for BioBlitz activities

Base CampSlide11

Rincon Mountain District, Saguaro National Park

showing potential locations for BioBlitz activitiesSlide12

SAGU BioBlitz Base Camp PlanSlide13

Base CampSlide14

Lots of activities at basecamp

Scientist tent open to public

Ranger-led hikesLive animal demonstrations

Music & entertainmentEtc.Slide15

Celebrate Biodiversity FestivalSlide16


Biodiversity University

Students and the general public will be invited to participate in the festival through the BioDiversity University.Slide18

Social Media





Live chats



Leading Inventory Teams

Keying Out Species

Informal Education

Submission and QA of DataSlide21

Scientist led Field Inventory TeamsSlide22

K-12 School Group ActivitiesSlide23

K-12 Education Resources


National Geographic FieldScopeSlide25

Who we still need…

Communications and Technology

specialists to help plan

solutions to IT

deficienciesIncredible organizers, who can site manage and want to work with the Park staff prior to the event

YOU! We want you to participate!Slide26

Roles for Collaborators

Promote – web, listserve, newsletters, calendarsContribute experts to lead inventories and work with school groupsRecruit event helpers

Host pre BioBlitz events Use our online educational materialsExhibit at a boothProvide public speakers and demonstrationsSlide27

How Collaborators BenefitReach new audiences, in person and via the press

Advance your missionPromote and strengthen your ties to the parkStrengthen your national organizations’ ties to NPS and NGS

Generate ideas for doing your own BioBlitzSlide28

Thank you.We look forward to working together!

bioblitz@ngs.org (202) 775-6186Slide29

Park contacts…





Education –


Public Programs –