Several LTRR students were active presenters and guides at the recent BioBlitz at Saguaro National Park. More than 5,000 people participated, including more than 2,000 school children. Nearly 800 species were identified, not including more than 200 species of fungi and 75 species of byrophytes and lichens that have not yet been identified to species. Several new species occurrences were identified for the park, and the event generated great interest in biodiversity in Tucson as well as national media coverage. Laura Marshall led the tree-ring booth, with assistance from Alex Arizpe, Kit O'Connor, and Chris Guiterman.
For more information contact Ana Iwaki, BioBlitz Scientist Coordinator, Anna_Iwaki@nps.gov.