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Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park

May 15 and 16, 2015


Event Details
The National Park Service - National Geographic BioBlitz is a 24-hour all taxa biodiversity
inventory that will take place in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park on May 15 and 16, 2015. In
addition to documenting species, the public will have an opportunity to observe and learn
about the living creatures in the park and the many links between its plants, animals, the
volcanic environment, traditional people, and our daily lives. Thus, we wish to offer
inventories and other learning experiences covering a range of subject areas and employing
a variety of techniques.
Locations
The Hale Hike, or Data Center, for the 2015 BioBlitz will be located in the vicinity of the
Klauea Visitor Center. The Data Center is the location for sorting specimens, keying out
species, using microscopes, data entry, receiving and tabulating inventory data, etc. Note
that the Data Center will be open to the public and presents another opportunity for teaching
and interaction with Bioblitz and Biodiversity and Cultural Festival attendees.
The Festival will be held adjacent to the Klauea Visitor Center. The festival is the location for
exhibition booths, opening and closing ceremonies, media interviews, public programs and
demonstrations, and many other activities.
Field activities will be located throughout Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park.
Public Inventories
Many inventory activities will be available to the public during the BioBlitz. These include
daytime inventories such as plant, fungi, bird and invertebrate hikes, as well as evening,
night, and/or early morning inventories for bats, insects, and birds. Also, programs exploring
other aspects of the natural environment such as the geology and night skies and cultural
history and ethnographic resources of an area will be offered. The schedule for inventories
will be developed based on the availability and knowledge of subject experts. Once the
schedule is set, inventories will be available for public sign-up online. Group size may vary
depending on the type of inventory and resource sensitivity. Public inventories typically last
between two to three hours. We expect the majority of public inventories will take place on
the afternoon of Friday May 15 and the morning of Saturday May 16, but they can occur
anytime in the 24-hour period between noon Friday and noon Saturday. There will be the
opportunity to set up camera traps or other sampling devices in advance of the event if
needed.

Targeted Inventories
It is also possible to lead an inventory that is limited to a targeted group of experts,
colleagues or graduate students. If you are interested in leading a targeted inventory, please
state that in the inventory details section.
School Group Inventories
BioBlitz is an exciting opportunity for you to share your enthusiasm and inspire the next
generation of scientists and stewards. Biologists work alongside individuals with traditional
ecological knowledge to explore with students the plants and animals and the different
approaches to observing the natural environment. Many school classes and community youth
groups will attend BioBlitz throughout the two daysespecially on Friday morningand you
are invited to participate in a fun and rewarding experience with them. A training prior to the
Bioblitz will be provided to explain your site and the roles and responsibilities as a coach,
mentor, and source of passion for science and culture. School group inventory leaders will
use inquiry based teaching strategies to assist small groups of 4th to 8th graders with Bioblitz
inventories and related activities.
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