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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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).
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.
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.
Bernando Lapallo plans to celebrate his 113th birthday this year. The supercentenarian resident of Arizona lives to inspire people everywhere that they too can grow old, even very old, if only they live clean and healthy lives. “Bernando continues to shop for himself, cook, bathe, shave without any assistance from anyone to help him in…
Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation, and other advocates for wild elephants will take part in a panel discussion in New York City this evening about the extinction crisis facing the world’s largest land mammal. Presented by ABC Home and National Geographic, “For the Love of Elephants: Protecting the Endangered African Elephant by…
The U.S. Department of State and the National Geographic Society announced today the members of the Blue Ribbon Panel who will nominate top candidates for the inaugural Fulbright–National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship. Recipients will be chosen through a multi-tiered, merit-based selection process beginning with reviews by U.S. and foreign academic leaders and area experts, the…
The Department of State and National Geographic share a common interest in ensuring that individuals throughout the world have access to information that serves to break down barriers between people, said Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Evan Ryan in her remarks at the official signing event of the new Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship. The inaugural fellows will “will shine a spotlight on critical world issues that serve as the themes of this year’s Digital Storytelling program: Biodiversity, Cities, Cultures, Disasters, Energy, Food, Oceans, and Water.”
Camera traps in the Wangqing Nature Reserve in northeast China recorded footage of a female Amur leopard with two cubs, marking the first record of breeding by this critically endangered cat in China, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) confirmed today.
In “High Moon Over the Amazon”, a book about the dawn of her career as one of the world’s most distinguished primatologists, Patricia Chapple Wright recounts her pioneering research to study wild nocturnal monkeys in the Peruvian Amazon. It’s a page-turner of a yarn, in which Wright recalls stumbling around in total darkness, trying to follow the owl monkeys (Aotus) moving through the trees high in the canopy above her. The story is not only about how she came to discover the secrets of the world’s only night monkeys, but also the terrors of working in the jungle, including a face-to-face encounter with a jaguar, evading a large snake dangling from branches above her, and watching helplessly as a swarm of army ants swept into her encampment’s provision stores to devour supplies meant to support the scientists for months.