Tucson to host National Geographic BioBlitz

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.

Saguaro National Park will host a BioBlitz Oct. 21-22. Aztec Press photo by Leftrick Herd.

FYI

Biodiversity Festival

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

Details: nationalgeographic.com/bioblitz

 

BY THE NUMBERS

24

Number of hours for BioBlitz at Saguaro National Park Oct. 21-22

10

Total number of BioBlitzes that National Geographic will conduct with the National Park Service

2016

National Park Service’s centennial year

25

Species of cacti in Saguaro National Park

200

Approximate number of bird species that live in or migrate through the park

1-1.5

Inches a saguaro grows in its first eight years of life

25

Percentage of rattlesnake bites that don’t involve transfer of poison

2 to 30

Range of herds in which javelins travel

18

Miles per hour roadrunners can run

 

Compiled by Chelo Grubb

Source: National Park Service

Filed Under: Spotlight

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