National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis will join students from the Front Range of Colorado and as far away as Costa Rica in a 24-hour BioBlitz to count species that live in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Co-sponsored by the National Geographic Society, the BioBlitz will take place August 24-25. It teams students with 200 leading scientists from around the country for hands-on scientific exploration.
Created as a way to get young people interested in science and the environment, this is the sixth annual BioBlitz in a series that will continue through the National Park Service’s centennial in 2016.
Preparing for that centennial is the purpose behind the National Park Service Call to Action, released by Jarvis on August 25, 2011–the Service’s 95th birthday.
The plan offered 36 action items, from hosting 100 BioBlitzes of all shapes and sizes throughout the National Park Service by 2016, to revisiting the document–the Leopold Report–that has influenced National Park Service wildlife management for 50 years.
The new report, written by the science committee of the National Park System Advisory Board, will be delivered to Jarvis at the start of the BioBlitz by science committee member Dr. Healy Hamilton. The National Park Foundation funded the report.