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BioBlitz

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Each year, the National Park Service and National Geographic bring citizens and scientists together to conduct a natural census of a region. This year, the BioBlitz is being held in Golden Gate National Recreation Area in San Francisco, California, March 28–29. Once again, AAAS's Bob Hirshon was there to report back with a series of video podcasts and blog posts during the 24-hour event from locations as diverse as Muir Woods and Lobos Creek and Dunes. We have pulled together some educational materials that you may find useful for incorporating this event into your classroom. Also, be sure to check out Bob's previous BioBlitz coverage:

In 2013, BioBlitz headed to the deep South to Barataria Preserve, part of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve in southern Louisiana, just outside New Orleans. You can find a compilation of his 2013 vlogs in the Thinkfinity All About Science group.

In 2012, BioBlitz moved to Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. Bob again reported from the scene. You can read his archived Thinkfinity posts here, here, here, and here.

The 2011 BioBlitz took place in Saguaro National Park, in Tucson, Arizona, and Bob kept us informed during the census. Explore Bob's blog posts and videos from the event in the All About Science community.

In 2010, the BioBlitz was held in Biscayne National Park in Florida and Bob was there to capture the scene with a series of video podcasts.
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Lessons

  • Animal Diversity

    Animal Diversity

    K-2  |  Interactive
    This lesson about animal diversity will help students understand the difference between actual physical attributes of animals and fictional ones.
  • Introducing Biodiversity

    Introducing Biodiversity

    3-5  |  Hands-On
    This lesson introduces students to the amazing variety of life around them.
  • Skull Diversity

    Skull Diversity

    6-8  |  Interactive
    In this lesson, students explore skulls that are part of an online exhibit at the California Academy of Sciences.
  • Where in the Wild?

    Where in the Wild?

    K-2  |  Audio
    This students introduces children to the concept of animal camouflage.
  • Animal Adaptations

    Animal Adaptations

    3-5  |  Interactive
    In this lesson, explore different types of animal features and behaviors that can help or hinder survival in a particular habitat.
  • Brine Shrimp 2: Brine Shrimp Survival

    Brine Shrimp 2: Brine Shrimp Survival

    6-8  |  Hands-On
    The Brine Shrimp 2 lesson will help students develop an understanding of how growth and survival of an organism depends on physical conditions.
  • Tigerland and Other Unintended Destinations

    Tigerland and Other Unintended Destinations

    9-12  |  Audio
    This lesson provides an introduction to conservation biology via the memoirs of a scientist who has traveled throughout the world to study and defend endangered species.
  • Investigating Local Ecosystems

    Investigating Local Ecosystems

    K-2  |  Hands-On
    In this lesson students explore the habitats of local plants and animals to learn about how living things depend on one another.
  • Pond 1: Pond Life

    Pond 1: Pond Life

    3-5  |  Hands-On
    This lesson explores how organisms satisfy their needs within their environments and the relationships that exist between organisms within an environment.
  • Marine Sanctuaries

    Marine Sanctuaries

    6-8  
    In this lesson, students will learn about the national marine sanctuaries found in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans and off the coast of American Samoa.
  • Managing the Everglades Ecosystem

    Managing the Everglades Ecosystem

    9-12  
    Students learn about conservation, explore relationships between species and habitats, and find out how humans have altered the equilibrium in the Everglades.
  • Ecosystem Services - Water Purification

    Ecosystem Services - Water Purification

    6-8  
    In this interdisciplinary lesson, students explore the concept of ecosystem services by investigating natural water purification in their home watershed.
  • The Frog Scientist 1: The Mystery of Disappearing Frogs

    The Frog Scientist 1: The Mystery of Disappearing Frogs

    6-8  |  Audio
    This lesson introduces students to Dr. Tyrone Hayes, a biologist who is using a combination of scientific fieldwork and lab experimentation to understand how a commonly used pesticide is damaging both frogs and their habitats.
  • The Frog Scientist 2: Schoolyard Field Investigation

    The Frog Scientist 2: Schoolyard Field Investigation

    6-8  |  Hands-On
    This lesson allows students to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in the first lesson to developing a hypothesis, conducting their own scientific inquiry, and reporting their results just as working scientists do.
  • The Case of the Vanishing Golden Frogs

    The Case of the Vanishing Golden Frogs

    6-8  |  Video
    Students develop an understanding of scientific research and environmental conservation by examining the work of scientists involved in studying and trying to save the Panamanian golden frogs.

Tools

  • Biodiversity: Life in the City

    Biodiversity: Life in the City

    K-5  |  Interactive
    In this simple resource, students scroll over a drawing of an urban, park-like setting and find ten examples of hidden "critters." Each critter is then magnified and described.
  • The Tree of Life

    The Tree of Life

    6-12  |  Website
    This resource will introduce you to cladistics, a classification system that scientists use to show the relationships between species.
  • Coral Reef Adventure Fun Zone

    Coral Reef Adventure Fun Zone

    3-8  |  Interactive
    This resource is part of a larger site on The Coral Reef Adventure, a film that follows the real-life adventures of ocean explorers and underwater filmmakers, Howard and Michele Hall. It has several different activities that you can do.
  • Biomes of the World

    Biomes of the World

    K-8  |  Website
    The Biomes of the World resource provides information on rainforest, tundra, taiga, desert, temperate, and grassland biomes.
  • iNaturalist App

    iNaturalist App

    3-12  |  Interactive
    This app lets you record observations from nature and share them with the iNaturalist online community.
  • Project Noah App

    Project Noah App

    K-12  |  Interactive
    Project Noah is a global study that encourages nature lovers to document the wildlife they encounter.
  • Leafsnap App

    Leafsnap App

    3-12  |  Interactive
    Leafsnap is a terrific app for anyone with an iPhone or iPad in the great outdoors.
  • Project BudBurst App

    Project BudBurst App

    6-12  |  Interactive
    Project BudBurst is part of a citizen science program designed to encourage local participation in a national research effort.
  • Active Explorer App

    Active Explorer App

    K-12  |  Interactive
    Active Explorer is an innovative app that combines the mobility of a smartphone with the abilities of a computer
  • The BioDaVersity Code

    The BioDaVersity Code

    6-12  |  Video
    The BioDaVersity Code is a film about biodiversity written as a take off of The Da Vinci Code.

Science Updates

  • All Species Inventory

    All Species Inventory

    6-12  |  Audio
    This Science Update looks at the field of taxonomy, one of the oldest practices in biology, and how a group of scientists and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs is trying to bring it into the twenty-first century.
  • Mountain Rain

    Mountain Rain

    6-12  |  Audio
    This Science Update explores why pollution from cities could dry out nearby mountains.
  • Artificial Wetlands

    Artificial Wetlands

    6-12  |  Audio
    Golf courses are known as places of recreation. But some of them could someday double as water treatment facilities by providing artificial wetlands. In this Science Update, you will learn more about how wetlands help protect the environment.
  • Crayfish Reflexes

    Crayfish Reflexes

    6-12  |  Audio
    Most people don't pay much attention to crayfish unless they're piled high on a plate and served with melted butter. But one scientist is using the spiny crustacean to learn how social interaction can change the very chemistry of our bodies. Find out how in this Science Update.
  • Florida Freezes

    Florida Freezes

    6-12  |  Audio
    Draining a wetland can change local weather.
  • Everglades Pythons

    Everglades Pythons

    6-12  |  Audio
    A study of the stomach contents of non native Burmese pythons living in the Everglades shows how many different species the pythons have been poaching.

Videos

Other Resources

BioBlitz 2014
Grade Band: K-12
Description: The BioBlitz homepage offers a wealth of information about why this annual event is so important as well as updates about the 2014 species inventory. There are also links for educators that include a variety of classroom resources and blogs with stories from Golden Gate Park. 

Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Grade Band: K-12
Description: The park's website offers resources for both educators and students, as well as information about one of the largest urban parks in the nation. The park encompasses more than 90 miles of coastline near San Francisco and northern California and is home to more than half the bird species in the United States.

BioBlitz 2013
Grade Band: K-12
Description: The BioBlitz homepage offers a wealth of information about why this annual event is so important as well as updates about the 2013 species inventory. There are also links for educators that include a variety of classroom resources and blogs with stories from Jean Lafitte National Park and Preserve. 

Jean Lafitte National Park and Preserve
Grade Band: K-12
Description: The park's website offers resources for both educators and students, as well as information about these six connected parklands in and near New Orleans. The park includes more than 23,000 acres of wetlands, a battlefield, and several cultural centers.

BioBlitz 2012
Grade Band: K-12
Description: The BioBlitz homepage offers a wealth of information about why this annual event is so important as well as updates about the 2012 species inventory. There are also links for educators that include a variety of classroom resources and blogs with stories from Rocky Mountain National Park. 

Rocky Mountain National Park
Grade Band: K-12
Description: The park's website offers resources for both educators and students, as well as information about its status as highest national park in the US with more than sixty peaks over 12,000 feet.

BioBlitz 2011
Grade Band: K-12
Description: The BioBlitz homepage offers a wealth of information about why this annual event is so important as well as updates about the 2011 species inventory. There are also links for educators that include a variety of classroom resources and blogs with stories from Saguaro National Park.

Saguaro National Park
Grade Band: K-12
Description: The park's website offers resources for both educators and students, as well as information about the Giant Saguaro cacti, Carnegiea gigantea, which only grow in the Sonoran Desert.

BioBlitz 2010
Grade Band: K-12
Description: The BioBlitz homepage offers a wealth of information about why this annual event is so important as well as updates about the 2010 species inventory. There are also links for educators that include a variety of classroom resources and blogs with stories from Biscayne National Park.

Biscayne National Park
Grade Band: K-12
Description: The park's website offers resources for both educators and students, as well as information about the local ecosystem of the Florida Keys.

Preserving Biodiversity
Grade Band: K-12
Description: In this student activity from Xpeditions, students take on the role of zoo director with a mission to teach people about the importance of biodiversity.

Why Preserve Biodiversity?
Grade Band: 6-8
Description: In this lesson from Xpeditions, students gain an understanding of why diversity within and among species is important.


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