I ka nānā no a ‘ike…By observing one learns

Every year, the National Geographic Society (NGS) and the National Park Service conduct a “BioBlitz” in a different national park during the decade leading up to the U.S. National Park Service Centennial in 2016. During BioBlitz, teams of volunteer scientists, Hawaiian cultural practitioners, families, students, and other community members team up to find and identify as many species of plants, animals, and other organisms as possible in 24-hours. The theme this year is I ka nānā no a ‘ike (“by observing one learns”), and the event will be held from May 15-16, 2015 at Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. The two-day event will be part scientific endeavor, part cultural festival and part outdoor classroom. It will provide a unique opportunity to work alongside leading experts to discover, count and document the living creatures in the park; add to the park’s official species list; explore interconnectedness of plants, animals, the environment, traditional people and our daily lives; and help protect the rich biodiversity of the park.

The BioBlitz team is currently registering scientists, individuals with traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) and naturalists who wish to lead field inventories during the National Geographic and National Park Service 2015 BioBlitz in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park. Public registration is scheduled to open soon in early March.

Visit the program website to sign up or for more information:

If you have any questions or wish to be put on a program update list, email bioblitz@ngs.org.