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Discover Life in America, Tennessee Valley Authority offer two BioBlitz events for 2019

GATLINBURG, TN – Discover Life in America (DLiA) and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) are co-hosting BioBlitzes on TVA’s managed lands, and the public is invited to participate. BioBlitz events will be held from 8 AM to noon local time on May 4 at Marbut Bend Trail near Elkmont, AL and on June 15 at Trotter Bluff Trail near Sevierville, TN.

A BioBlitz is a short, intense team effort to catalog as many different types of organisms (plants, insects and other animals, fungi, and more) as possible in one location. BioBlitzes help TVA to better manage its natural areas by knowing what species are present and any species that should be monitored or controlled. These events are also a fun way to learn about local biodiversity and connect with nature, to work side-by-side with regional scientists and experts, and citizen scientists.

Anyone can participate in these free, family-friendly events. Children are welcome! Participants should register at, download iNaturalist (a citizen science app) to their mobile device, and follow in-app prompts to set it up before the event. Experts will be on hand to guide you and answer your biodiversity-related questions. Even after the BioBlitz events, participants can help by returning to any of TVA’s BioBlitz sites and continuing to report the animals and plants that they see through the iNaturalist app. Those that do return will have the opportunity to win one of three prize packages, including a smartphone/tablet clip-on camera lens, two TVA publications and a DLiA ball cap! For contest information, find details here. “Biodiversity keeps our world ticking; without it, we are lost” says Will Kuhn, DLiA’s Director of Science and Research. “BioBlitzes are a great way for the public to connect with their neighborhood flora and fauna and they’re really fun!”

Saturday May 4th, 8:00 AM – noon at Marbut Bend Trail, AL
Marbut Bend Trail off Buck Island Road in Elkmont, Alabama
For information & registration, visit

Saturday June 15th, 8:00 AM – noon at Trotter Bluff Trail near Sevierville, TN
Trotter Bluff Trail at Douglas Dam off Boat Launch Road in Sevier County, Tennessee
For information & registration, visit

DLiA’s mission is to discover, understand, and conserve biological diversity. DLiA’s flagship project, the ATBI (All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory), is a joint effort with the National Park System to identify and understand every species within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. To date, DLiA has helped add over 10,000 species to the inventory of life in the park, 1,005 which are new to science.

Published April 5, 2019

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