See Highlights From Hawai‘i Volcanoes BioBlitz, Discover Next Year’s Location
[This text is from an official press release.]
HAWAI‘I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, Hawaii (May 20, 2015)—After two intensive days of exploration and documentation, the Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park BioBlitz held on May 15 and 16, 2015, captured a vivid snapshot of the unique plant and animal biodiversity in the park. The event brought together more than 170 leading scientists and traditional Hawaiian cultural practitioners (alakai‘i), more than 850 students and thousands from the general public. Together, they conducted a comprehensive inventory of the plants, insects, mammals, birds and other species that inhabit the 333,086-acre island park. Under the theme of “I ka nānā no a ‘ike” (“By observing, one learns”), alakai‘i were integrated into the survey teams for a more holistic approach to the research and exploration endeavor.
- More than 6,000 people, including more than 850 schoolchildren, participated in the BioBlitz and the concurrent Biodiversity & Cultural Festival.
- With a scientist-to-student ratio of 1 to 5, students were able to truly work side by side with top scientists.
- Twenty-two new species were added to the park’s species list, and sightings were documented of 73 species at risk, including the Kamehameha butterfly and the federally endangered nēnē. The BioBlitz survey substantially increased the number of fungi species on the park’s list, with 17 new fungi documented at the close of the event. Scientists predict up to 60 new fungi species could —> Read More