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Background Info

Every year, the National Geographic Society collaborates with the National Park Service to host BioBlitz. A bioblitz is a 24-hour species inventory, where teams of students, scientists, park rangers, teachers, and volunteers work together to find and identify as many species of plants, animals, microbes, fungi, and other organisms as possible.

National Geographic's 2012 BioBlitz took place on August 24-25 in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. This GeoStory captures the spirit and discoveries of the 2012 BioBlitz.

For Further Exploration


Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry



a field study in which groups of scientists and citizens study and inventory all the different kinds of living organisms within a given area.

Encyclopedic Entry: bioblitz



all the different kinds of living organisms within a given area.

Encyclopedic Entry: biodiversity



community and interactions of living and nonliving things in an area.

Encyclopedic Entry: ecosystem



environment where an organism lives throughout the year or for shorter periods of time.

Encyclopedic Entry: habitat

National Geographic Society


(1888) organization whose mission is "Inspiring people to care about the planet."

national park


geographic area protected by the national government of a country.

National Park Service


U.S. federal agency with the mission of caring "for special places saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage."

Rocky Mountains


mountain range in the western United States and Canada.


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Principal Author

Benjamin Kessler


Tirzah Weiskotten


Kaitie Huss
Holly Newell
Alexandra Todorovic-Jones
Isaiah Branch-Boyle
Joshua Hendrickson
Michael Wente
Mia Diawara
Kimberly Schott
Shayna Brody


Caryl-Sue, National Geographic Society
Sean P. O'Connor, National Geographic Society

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