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  • Healthy Bugs, Healthy Streams

    Most people today don’t know where their water comes from, or where it goes when they empty the bathtub or flush the toilet. This is a big problem, especially with clean drinking water becoming scarce in many pl...
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    • Organizing Organisms and Counting Critters

      The BioBlitz is all about counting species. But who decides what counts as a species? How come domestic cats – Felis catus—are all one species, even though they come in all sorts of colors, patterns and si...
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      • Night Time Bat Walk

        There are about 5000 species of mammals in the world, and over 1200 of them are bats-- more than any other type of mammal except rodents. There are fruit-eating bats, bug-eating bats, nectar-sipping bats, fishing bats...
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        • Looking for Bacteria at the BioBlitz

          While most groups here at the BioBlitz are looking for organisms they can see, a group from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories is hunting for single-celled microorganisms, using a new technology called PhyloChip....
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          • BioBlitz 2014 gets off to a great start!

            We had a sunny kick-off to the BioBlitz, despite a dreary forecast, and thousands of kids and grownups came out to enjoy it! Carol Sietz, who coordinates the event for National Geographic, said they had a record-setti...
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            • Live from Bioblitz 2014

              Greetings, nature lovers!   I'm in the San Francisco area for the 8th Annual Bioblitz, at Golden Gates National Parks, which cover 80,000 acres of land and include 91 miles of shoreline. This year, the event wil...
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              • Bioblitz 2013: Tromp in the Swamp

                I just arrived in New Orleans today for the 7th Annual Bioblitz, presented by National Geographic and the National Park Service. It's a 24-hour "species inventory" that happens at a different National Park each year f...
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                • Bioblitz 2013: Bayou Ecosystem

                  Before the start of this year's Bioblitz in the Louisiana wetlands, I headed out in a bayou boat tour to get the lay of the land.   A bayou is a slow-moving waterway, while a swamp is a flooded forest area. We ...
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                  • Bioblitz 2013: Welcome!

                    The 2013 National Geographic/National Park Service Bioblitz is in Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve just south of New Orleans. Two centuries ago, this was pirate territory, and the most successful of ...
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                    • Bioblitz 2013: Bayou des Familles

                      They say you can’t step in the same river twice, and that’s especially true in the Mississippi delta. It’s constantly changing, with small streams growing into wide rivers, and mighty rivers disappea...
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                      • Bioblitz 2013: Armadillo Interlude

                        Friday afternoon, while everyone was heading out on species inventory trips, three young armadillos visited the park’s visitor center. Sometimes the species come to you!   I spoke with biologist Craig Hood...
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                        • New BioBlitz 2013 Video: Bird Inventory

                          Even though BioBlitz 2013 is over, I still have unedited  video that I'm pulling together... This is the result of one set, from our walk early Saturday morning. This video blog of our early morning bird inv...
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                          • Science of the Senses Activities at USA Science Festival!

                              The Science NetLinks team and other AAAS staff had an amazing and grueling three days at the incredible USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, DC. We staged an exhibit called The Science of the Se...
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                            • Science of the Senses at USA Science Festival

                              Well, I'm back from Day One at the giant USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, DC, where the AAAS (that's us) is staging an exhibit called The Science of the Senses. We have a Meet the Scientists stage, ...
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                              • Hunting Water Bears

                                Hi:   One of the weirdest creatures found at the 2011 BioBlitz is the tardigrade, or water bear. In this video, a student from Baker University (which is a hotbed of water bear research!) discusses tardigrades a...
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                                • Final BioBlitz Tally!

                                  Hi:   Sorry to keep you in suspense for so long. Attached is a video with the final species tally at the 2011 BioBlitz and the announcement for BioBlitz 2012. A nice geography assignment might be to compare the ...
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                                  • BioBlitz Video 3: Bugs in the Night

                                    Does tromping around the desert in the darkness--  along with scorpions, rattlesnakes, and venomous spiders-- sound like fun to you? It was for these kids at Wilson Middle School, in Tucson, Arizona, who joined e...
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                                    • BioBlitz Video 3: Nighttime Bug Hunt

                                      A BioBlitz brings kids and scientists together, mostly to conduct "species inventories:" attempts to identify as many varieties of organisms as possible in a 24-hour period. In this video, middle school students work ...
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                                      • Living in a Plant

                                        Hi:   Within a big ecosystem like the Saguaro Desert, where we are having this year's BioBlitz species inventory, there are many smaller ecosystems, including some that are microscopic! In this video, we visit w...
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                                        • Life Inside a Plant

                                          Hi:   Some of the organisms being collected at the 2011 BioBlitz (a 24-hour species inventory) are microscopic, but still incredibly interesting and important. In this video, scientists are looking for fungi tha...
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