2012 Biodiversity Days in the Smokies

2012 Biodiversity Days in the Smokies

By todd - Posted on 13 June 2012

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

Then on June 21st, 1 pm to 4pm and 4:30pm to 7:30pm, join the Tree Teams Project- Arthropod Sorting Event as we all volunteer to sort through arthropods collected by the Tree Team at the Twin Creeks Science and Education Center for future study and analysis by scientists.

On June 22nd at 3pm we have the Rare Species of the Smokies: The Most Wanted List. High biodiversity often includes many rare and/or endemic species, and the Smokies is no exception! With these rare and/or endemic species, we usually know very little about them and their population status is often a mystery. Rare Species of the Smokies will touch on many of these species as we present a few unique stories of missing species and hope to shed some light on these rare and mysterious, yet important Park inhabitants.  This event will take place at Twin Creeks Science Center from 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. with a presentation and question and answer session.  Registration required.  Call 865-430-4757 or email todd@dlia.org .


2012 Interns Sarah, Moh, and Rachel with their first Tree Team Experience
"Just lookin' for bugs!"


Finally, all day on June 23rd we have two events, the Tree Teams Collecting Event (North Carolina and Tennessee) at Indian Gap and Balsam Mountain and the Fern Foray. With the collecting event, we will get a chance to join the Tree Team as they collect samples from the field for research on arthropod and tree relationships. The Fern Foray will have us out hiking, and identifying and quantifying fern species along the way. There’s no better way to enjoy the scenery and learn a thing or two while we are at it. Call 865-430-4757 or email todd@dlia.org to register.

Accompany us, June 20th to June 23rd for any and all of these events and help us celebrate the incredible diversity of life in Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

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