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Friday, May 6, 2016

BioBlitz is Coming to Craters of the Moon!

Contacts: Jim Bromberg and Sandra Gladish
Phone Number: 208-527-1335
(Arco, Idaho) – Grab your magnifying glass and explore nature at Craters of the Moon, like never before! On May 14th, Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve will participate in the National Parks BioBlitz ( BioBlitz is a fun, fast-paced 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 across the country.

During this free event, teams of scientists, naturalists, students and volunteers will discover and document lichens of Craters of the Moon. Come explore, discover, and learn! 

The May 14th event will start at 10 a.m. with a welcome ceremony in front of the visitor center.  Inventory groups will head out into the field at 11 a.m. and will return to headquarters between by 3 p.m.  As part of the BioBlitz festival, activities for children and families, educational videos, and talks and demonstrations will occur throughout the day inside and in front of the visitor center. A lichen dye artisan will demonstrate how to use lichens as natural dyes. Staff from the Idaho National Laboratory will help children of all ages create their own Snake River Plain Aquifers, dissect owl pellets, and bake cookies using a solar oven! Lichenologists will be present to answer expert questions. Come and engage in hands-on science activities. The festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festival is free and open to the public.

If you would like to participate in a field survey group, be sure to bring sturdy shoes for walking across basaltic lava flows and call the Craters of the Moon visitor center at 208-527-1335 to sign up.

American Express is the national sponsor of the 2016 National Parks BioBlitz. Craters of the Moon Natural History Association and the Idaho Geographic Alliance- University of Idaho are important partners in this event.

Explorers of all ages are needed. All events are free and open to the public. 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: