A major biological inventory and biodiversity festival will occur on May 17-18, 2013 at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. The event termed “Bioblitz” combines the efforts of National Geographic and the National Park Service. The two-day celebration of biodiversity centers on a 24-hour discovery of species. Teams of scientists, students, and the general public will explore the park’s Barataria Preserve swamps, marshes, and forests to find as many species as possible.
According to their literature the goals of the Bioblitz are as follows:
· Discover, count, map, and learn about the living creatures in the park including insects, fish, alligators, plants, microorganisms, and more.
· Provide scientists and public an opportunity to do field work together.
· Add to the park’s official species list.
· Highlight the importance of protecting the biodiversity of this extraordinary national park located in and around New Orleans.
To learn more and see how you can participate, visit www.nationalgeographic.com/bioblitz and www.nps.gov/JELA
Children aged 8 and older accompanied by adults may participate in inventories, and younger kids can enjoy hands-on fun at the Biodiversity Festival at the Barataria Preseve. All Bioblitz and festival parking will be at Bayou Segnette State Park (7777 Westbank Expressway, Westwego, LA). Everyone going to Bioblitz will receive free park admission, free parking and free round-trip shuttle service to the preserve. Handicapped-accessible shuttles will be available.
The free Biodiversity Festival will feature music, science demonstrations, hands-on activities provided by prominent science and environmental organizations, food and art. The festival will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. “Explorers” of all ages can enjoy the festival, watch scientists at work and “graduate” from Biodiversity University by participating in activities. No registration is required for the festival.
I will be there reading letters from “Swamper, Letters from a Louisiana Swamp Rabbit”, helping kids make a nature journal, and observing the fantastic south Louisiana ecosystem.
Look for some wonderful resources at www.education.nationalgeographic.com
Nature waits for you.