BioBlitz is Coming to Bandelier National Monument!

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Photo: Two-tailed swallowtail, one of the species that may be seen at Bandelier's BioBlitz this weekend. Credit: NPS Photo

BioBlitz is Coming to Bandelier National Monument!         

From Press Release

Grab your magnifying glass and explore nature in Bandelier National Monument like never before! On May 20-21, 2016, national park areas across the country, including Bandelier, will participate in the National Parks BioBlitz. BioBlitz is a fun, interactive biological survey of a park’s creepers and crawlers, plants and pollinators, mammals and more! The National Park Service is celebrating its 100th birthday with more than 100 BioBlitzes nationwide.

During this free, two-day event, teams of scientists, students, and volunteers will discover and document the living creatures in the park. At Bandelier there is no entrance fee for those two days, and the public is invited to take part in the BioBlitz.  Opportunities will include:

Friday, May 20
Native Bee and Pollinator Field Station

Location: Burnt Mesa trail head, located on NM Highway 4, four miles north of the Bandelier National Monument Entrance.

Time: 10:00 am until 3:00 pm

 

Friday May 20 and Saturday, May 21

  • Terrestrial and Aquatic Invertebrate Field Station
  • Location: Bandelier Visitor Center
  • Time: 10:00 am until 3:00 pm

In addition to inventories, a Biodiversity and Cultural Fiesta will be held at the park visitor center on Friday, May 20 and Saturday, May 21. Visitors can enjoy Native American craft demonstrations, dance, music, flint knapping, special speakers and more. The fiesta will take place from 11 am to 4 pm, and is free and open to the public.

The Bandelier Shuttle will be in service, so visitors coming to the park between 9 am and 3 pm  are required to catch the shuttle at the White Rock Visitor Center to go to BioBlitz and  Fiesta activities at the Bandelier Visitor Center.  Shuttles do not go to the Burnt Mesa trail head, so visitors interested in those activities should just drive there on their own. More shuttle information is available on the Bandelier website, https://www.nps.gov/band/planyourvisit/shuttle.htm

American Express is the national sponsor of the 2016 National Parks BioBlitz. Events at Bandelier are supported by a number of local organizations including the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, the U.S. Geological Survey Jemez Mountain Field Station, New Mexico State University, the University of New Mexico, and the Western National Parks Association, along with National Geographic.

Explorers of all ages are welcome. Whether you have a couple of hours or a full day, there are activities to engage the whole family. To learn more about the National Parks BioBlitz and activities go to:  www.nps.gov/bandgo.nps.gov/2016bioblitz ; or natgeo.org/bioblitz  .  Information on Bandelier is also available at the park’s Facebook page, BandelierNPS.