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Retro RunFriday, April 29, 2016 - Saturday, April 30, 2016

The Retro Running organization will hold an event in Pigeon Forge. The event has graciously chosen to support DLIA as their environmental organization for this particular event.

This is much more than just a foot race!  See the details of this event and register at their website. Also, if you use the coupon code "25toDLIA", you will help DLIA gain even more of a contribution. You can go directly to the Retro Running site by clicking this logo ...

Oh ... and if you register by April 19th, you will not have to pay a late registration rate, and if you are a veteran and register early ... that Friday, the 30th, will be free!

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2016 Great Smoky Mountains Bioblitz - Tennessee

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As part of the Centennial Celebration of the National Park Service, Discover Life in America is partnering with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to provide a bioblitz on the Tennessee side of the park.

Participants will gather in the morning at the park's Sugarlands Visitors Center, on Rt 441, near Gatlinburg, TN. The event is slated to take place from 9 am to 3 pm. Participants must provide their own lunch.

If you are new to the park, we suggest that you also view the park's web pages containing general visitor guidelines at https://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/index.htm

Also note that a Smokies Pollinator Guide has been started in iNaturalist for easier pollinator species recognition for the bioblitz for the more common insect pollinators.

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Come join us for maybe the most interesting fund-raising event you will have been to in years ... especially if you are wondering about those fascinating fireflies! Each night from June 3 to 5 will be a repeat presentation about the little flying lanterns of the insect world.

Why don't fireflies in the average backyard synchronize? What makes the fireflies in the park so special? These questions and more will be answered at a DLIA fundraising event that also features the biology and behavior of the firefly. With exclusive access to the property and a firefly expert on site, attendees will learn the answers to their questions while enjoying the amazing “flashing” display firsthand.

All three of these nightly presentations and field walks will take place at the Norton Creek Sanctuary just outside of Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  

This is a fundraiser for DLIA! Tickets are $100 per person. This event is for adults and children 10 years and older.

For more information, and to reserve your place, email Todd Witcher at todd@dlia.org.  Tickets are only reserved after payment is confirmed.

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Discover Life in America is partnering with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to provide 3 days of events in the park, highlighting the incredible biodiversity found here in the Southern Appalachian Mountains.

* Return to this page later for more details. *

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HikeOur annual fund-raiser: the Biodiversity Hike to Mount LeConte Lodge will take place on the first weekend in August. The Alum Cave Trail is being worked on this year so we may change the hike to Mount LeConte to another trail.  Stay tuned for more details to come.

2016 Salamander Ball

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We are excited to announce that our 2016 annual Salamander Ball fundraising event will again be held at the Knoxville Zoo.  Plans are just beginning to come together. Please check this web page again soon for more developments. We hope to see you there!

I have an idea! Why not bring your kids and/or grand kids to the zoo and then finish the day off with some fun at the Salamander Ball!? There will be music, food, and even a silent auction!

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