Ready, set, count: it’s the fungus Bio-Blitz in the Smokies

out fungiPart contest, part festival, part education and part science, the 2014 Discover Life in America BioBlitz will bring citizens and scientists from across the country together in a race against time to see how many fungal species they can count in 24 hours in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 12, at the Twin Creeks Science and Education Center on the Tennessee side of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Participants will have a chance to participate in scheduled hunts and presentations throughout the day while also observing scientists at work and interacting with them as they do it. As well as spreading public awareness of the variety of life that surrounds us, the event will excite kids about science and generate data that scientist will share to aid in park management. 

It is a collaboration between the national park, Discover Life in America and Illinois Natural History Survey. Free with no participation requirements. 865.430.4757.

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