By CHELO GRUBB
National Geographic will sponsor a 24-hour BioBlitz at Saguaro National Park on Oct. 21 and 22.
BioBlitz is a national event in which scientists, school groups and the public work together to find and identify as many plant and animal species as possible.
During both days of the blitz, Saguaro National Park West will host a Biodiversity Festival from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Along with art, music and other entertainment, visitors will have an opportunity to talk to scientists and look at conservation exhibits.
No advance registration is needed to attend the festival.
However, volunteers who want to help on the cataloging team should register online at nationalgeographic.com/bioblitz to ensure a spot.
Online registration is also available for those who want to volunteer on the day of the event.
Off-site parking will be mandatory, with shuttles provided from Old Tucson Studios.
For those who can’t make it to the park in person, National Geographic will for the first time offer an “electronic field trip.”
The online BioBlitz will be broadcast live, and will allow participants to ask questions of the on-site rangers and scientists.
National Geographic has held one BioBlitz each year since 2007, and plans to continue the annual tradition until the National Park Service’s 100th birthday in 2016.
Visit nationalgeographic.com/bioblitz for details on previous blitzes held in Florida, Indiana, California and Washington, D.C.
When: Oct. 21-22, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Saguaro National Park West, 2700 N. Kinney Road
Parking: Old Tucson Studios, 201 S. Kinney Road
BY THE NUMBERS
Number of hours for BioBlitz at Saguaro National Park Oct. 21-22
Total number of BioBlitzes that National Geographic will conduct with the National Park Service
National Park Service’s centennial year
Species of cacti in Saguaro National Park
Approximate number of bird species that live in or migrate through the park
Inches a saguaro grows in its first eight years of life
Percentage of rattlesnake bites that don’t involve transfer of poison
2 to 30
Range of herds in which javelins travel
Miles per hour roadrunners can run
Compiled by Chelo Grubb
Source: National Park Service