Tag: National Geographic Society

Chile creates largest marine preserve in the Americas

 Photo courtesy Enric Sala/National Geographic
A new marine park off the coast of Chile will help protect important ocean resources. Photo courtesy Enric Sala/National Geographic.

‘A gift to the world …’

Staff Report

The creation of the world’s largest marine park in the Americas could help rebuild fish stocks off the coast of South America, ocean experts said this week, hailing Chile’s announcement that it will protect 297,518 square kilometers as a no-take zone. With the formation of Nazca-Desventuradas, Chile will now protect 12 percent of its marine surface area

 “Chile is one of the world’s primary fishing countries,” said Alex Muñoz, vice president for Oceana in Chile. “With the creation of this large marine park, Chile also becomes a world leader in marine conservation.” Continue reading “Chile creates largest marine preserve in the Americas”

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Bay Area national parks to host BioBlitz 2014

Citizen science in the spotlight

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Fungi growing in redwood litter at Muir Woods National Monument. bberwyn photo.
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Muir Woods. bberwyn photo.

By Summit Voice

FRISCO — California’s Golden Gate National Parks will host BioBlitz 2014 (March 28-29), bringing together 300 scientists and naturalists from around the country, more than 2,000 students, including 1,400 students from the San Francisco Unified School District, school groups from surrounding counties and thousands of Bay Area community members.

Bioblitz participants will comb the parks, observing and recording as many plant and animal species as possible in 24 hours. Inventory activities include counting seals, documenting insects, spotting birds, examining aquatic invertebrates and using technology to better understand the varied ecosystems of these unique national parks in an urban area.

“The Golden Gate National Parks are well-loved by the surrounding Bay Area as well as visitors around the world,” said Golden Gate National Recreation Area General Superintendent Frank Dean. “BioBlitz will allow people to explore the parks in a new way, better understand the biodiversity that exists and help document and protect these amazing natural resources,” Dean said. Continue reading “Bay Area national parks to host BioBlitz 2014”

Colorado: Bioblitz planned for Rocky Mountain NP

Citizen scientists an important part of effort to create a biodiversity snapshot of park’s natural resources

A bioblitz at Rocky Mountain National Park will include a close look at Colorado’s threatened alpine tundra ecosystem. Photo by Bob Berwyn.

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY — Top scientists and naturalists from around the country will team up with citizens, Colorado students and the National Geographic Society for a two-day bioblitz at Rocky Mountain National Park later this summer, combing the park to observe and record as many plant and animal species as possible in 24 hours.

The Aug. 24-25 event is part scientific endeavor, part festival and part outdoor classroom. Inventory activities include counting elk, catching insects, spotting birds, exploring and examining aquatic invertebrates and using technology to better understand the diverse ecosystems of the park.

“The BioBlitz offers each of us, especially young people, the opportunity to discover and connect to nature. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the National Park Service’s 96th birthday on Aug. 25,” said National Park Service director Jonathan B. Jarvis, who is scheduled to attend. Continue reading “Colorado: Bioblitz planned for Rocky Mountain NP”