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BioBlitz San Francisco

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Sometimes it pays to speak to strangers. Rica and I were at Crissy Field the other day, and weren’t able to park in any of our usual spots because a work crew was erecting a gigantic white exhibition tent in the lot.

Gwen Sobolewski, with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, was there making sure things went smoothly, and when I asked what was going on, explained that something called BioBlitz 2014 was about to occur on March 28th and 29th.

Since I had never heard of BioBlitz, she went on to explain that it was a biodiversity festival sponsored by the National Parks Service, National Geographic, and several other organizations devoted to understanding and preserving our natural resources. Thousands of school children would be in attendance, along with 300 scientists and many National Geographic Photographers.

Quoting from the National Geographic Facebook page and its website:

“A BioBlitz is a 24-hour event in which teams of volunteer scientists, families, students, teachers, and other community members work together to find and identify as many species of plants, animals, microbes, fungi, and other organisms as possible.”

“The three national park units that make up the Golden Gate National Parks encompass more than 80,000 acres and 91 miles of shoreline along the northern California coast. These parks are home to an amazing array of biodiversity, including over half of the bird species of North America and nearly one-third of California’s plant species!”

When Gwen mentioned that National Geographic Photographers would be covering the event, my antennas went up, and I mentioned how I loved photographing Crissy Field. She said volunteer photographers would be there along with the people from National Geographic, and if I liked, she would refer me to George Su, Multimedia Volunteer Coordinator for the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.

George said OK, and three days later I had my volunteer cap and was at BioBlitz. These are some of my favorites from that Friday.

National Geographic will post BioBlitz photos taken by its photographers and NPS volunteers in the next few days.




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Written by Ron Greene

April 6, 2014 at 2:04 pm

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  1. Fantastic, Ron! Thanks.

    Sent from my iPad

    Judith Pruess-Mellow

    April 6, 2014 at 7:01 pm

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