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David Braun is a 17-year veteran of National Geographic, currently serving as a senior digital editor developing stories focused on Nat Geo mission programs. He also directs his popular National Geographic News Watch blog, including a companion blog to Tales of the Weird, a bestseller book he edited for National Geographic in 2012.

David's 40-year journalism career in the U.S., UK, and South Africa gives him global perspective and experience across the media landscape. He's covered Congress, the White House, international legislatures, and the United Nations, and been published/broadcast by the BBC, CNN, AP, UPI, National Geographic, De Telegraaf, Travel World, and the Johannesburg Star.

Assignments in more than 60 countries included traveling with Nelson Mandela in North America and Bill Clinton in Africa, and covering political negotiations hosted by Fidel Castro in Havana. As a member of the National Geographic Expeditions Council, and media representative to the Committee for Research and Exploration, David has accompanied Nat Geo explorers and scientists to 69 field sites in 14 countries. He has been a featured lecturer on National Geographic Expeditions to Vietnam, Cambodia, and the Galapagos.

David has served as a member/executive of journalist guilds, press clubs, editorial committee of Online Publishers Association and other professional groups. He was a WMA Magazine of the Year Awards judge (2010-2012). He has more than 120,000 followers on Twitter, Facebook and other social media.

BioBlitz Bobcast: Counting Critters and Organizing Organisms

In this installment of BioBlitz 2014 video coverage, Bob Hirshon hghlights the taxonomists whose job it is to find and identify species, and to organize the wide variety of life on earth.

Biodiversity Youth Ambassadors Blog from Golden Gate BioBlitz

National Park Service Biodiversity Youth Ambassadors blog about their participation in the Golden Gate BioBlitz.

BioBlitz Finds 2,300+ Species in Golden Gate Parks (Video)

Rain doesn’t stop the BioBlitz. Citizen scientists scoured the waters and grounds of Golden Gates National Parks, from Muir Woods to the Presidio, for all the plant, animal, and insect species they could find in a 24-hour period. They found 2,304 species, surpassing the record. More than 80 species were new to the parks’ species list. And at least 15 species were identified as threatened.

Listening to the BioBlitz at Night (Nature Sound Files)

Dan Dugan of the Nature Sounds Society shares four recordings he made at night in Muir Woods, on the eve of the Golden Gate Parks BioBlitz. Listen to a great horned owl, pileated woodpeckers, and a winter wren.

BioBlitz on Alcatraz: Hundreds of Species Logged for Island Gardens

Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay is a part of the the Golden Gate National Recreation Area best known for its birds and the penitentiary from which no successful escape was recorded. But it is also the home of historic gardens rooted in times when the island was first a military base and then a forbidding prison, planted and tended by personnel and their families, often with the help of inmates. Rehabilitated after decades of neglect, the Gardens of Alcatraz are now a tourist attraction — and they were a big source of species observed for the 2014 BioBlitz in Golden Gate National Parks.

BioBlitz Identifies More than 80 Species New to Golden Gate Parks

The initial scientific species count as of the 3:45 p.m. BioBlitz Closing Ceremony on Saturday was 2,304, with well over 8,600 observations recorded over the course of the two-day event, the organizers said in a news statement today. More than 80 species are new to the parks species list. At least 15 species were identified as Threatened.

BioBlitz Bobcast: ‪Night Time Bat Walk‬

When the sun goes down, the Presidio area of Golden Gate National Parks comes alive with owls, snakes, rodents, moths and, of course, bats. In this video by Bob Hirshon, a Bioblitz 2014 team of bat hunters, armed with ultrasound-detecting devices, hikes through the Lobos Creek and Dunes area of the park, looking and listening for bats.

BioBlitz Bobcast: Hunting for Microbial DNA

Until this year, identifying organisms at the BioBlitz was based purely on examining them– looking at their shape, size, color, number of legs, etc– and the species have been limited to multicelled creatures. For 2014, a group from Lawrence Berkeley National Labs have introduced the PhyloChip, which can test for the presence of 60,000 varieties of bacteria and Archaea, a large group of primitive single celled organisms.

BioBlitz Bobcast: Bob Hirshon Reports from Golden Gate

BioBlitz Bug Man Inspires us to Look for Diversity in our Backyard

Veteran BioBlitzer Gary Hevel is at the Golden Gate Parks BioBlitz in San Francisco this year, along with hundreds of specimens of insects he collected in his Silver Spring, Maryland backyard, just outside Washington, D.C. Hevel has attended everyone one of the eight annual National Geographic/National Park BioBlitzes.

Teaching Moments at the BioBlitz

Students taking part in the Golden Gate Parks BioBlitz at Lands End, the rugged northwest corner of San Francisco overlooking the ocean, learned the tricks to being expert birders.

National Geographic to Join National Park Service for Ten More BioBlitzes?

“I know that there was a commitment to do ten BioBlitzes, but what if we say that we want to do ten more,” National Geographic President and CEO Gary Knell said at the official launch of the Golden Gate Parks BioBlitz in San Francisco today.

Three Hundred Scientists Report for Golden Gate BioBlitz

More than 300 scientists are participating in this year’s National Park Service-National Geographic BioBlitz. The eighth in a series of annual events to inventory species in a national park complex, this year’s BioBlitz is being held in the San Francisco area’s Golden Gate National Parks, the most visited national park region in the U.S. in 2013 (14,300,000 visitors).

Finalists Named for 2014 Rolex Awards for Enterprise

Twenty-two young innovators from as far afield as Bangladesh and Fiji have been named as finalists in the 2014 Rolex Awards for Enterprise, the Rolex Institute announced in Geneva today.

Counting Tigers by Their Stripes

Tigers are secretive by nature, making it difficult to estimate their populations in the wild. But Dr. K. Ullas Karanth of the Wildlife Conservation Society employs an ingenious solution: he uses remote “camera traps” to photograph unsuspecting tigers and identifies them later by their unique stripe patterns. As a result, he has helped develop a more reliable way to count — and protect — tigers in India’s Western Ghats.