Does a couple of days of fresh air and spectacular mountain views appeal? What if you were to combine that with some meaningful work to help preserve the environment?
If this sounds right up your alley, then mark August 24-25, 2012 on your calendar now. BioBlitz 2012 has been announced, and it will take place in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado this year.
BioBlitz is a 24-hour event where volunteers and scientists work together to find and identify as many species of plants, animals, microbes, fungi, and other organisms as possible in a specific area. The 2011 BioBlitz was held in Saguaro National Park in Arizona; more than 5,000 people took part, and added more than 400 species to park lists. Some 190 species of invertebrates and 205 species of fungus previously unknown to the park were discovered. Of special note, one species of bryophyte found could be new to science.
The BioBlitz event is held in conjunction with a Biodiversity Festival. The 2012 two-day festival will be held at BioBlitz Base Camp at the Estes Park Fairgrounds. Online registration isn’t available as of this writing, but will be closer to the event. To be added to an update list, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.