Biodiversity includes all types of life forms from plants to animals, and with estimates as high as 80,000 species in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park (GSMNP) it is something we think needs celebrating. Join Discover Life in America from June 20th to June 23rd for Biodiversity Days in the Smokies, when we commemorate the amazing biodiversity of GSMNP with a schedule of exciting events. Biodiversity Days will include programmed seminars, demonstrations, scientist-led field trips and more.
Ever since the realization that human activity and population growth have an effect on the ecosystem, the study of biodiversity has become increasingly important. Levels of biodiversity help indicate how healthy an ecosystem is, and they help understand the effects on humans as well. Resources such as clean air, fertile soil, and clean water are all connected directly to the ecosystem and its biodiversity. Diversity is important to human life in ways not easily seen nor easily understood, and biodiversity is needed for humans and all other life on this planet to subsist. Learn about the biodiversity of GSMNP and the on-going All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory (ATBI), and make your reservations early because space will be limited.
We begin on June 20th, 1pm to 3pm, with a webinar entitled “Basic Arthropod Taxonomy- Who, What, Why and How!” Join in as we are given an introduction to the world of arthropods and the science of naming them. Learn how to identify some of the most diverse groups of animals: insects, spiders, centipedes, and more! This online presentation will provide an introduction to the fascinating world of arthropods. To register for this event click here