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Volume 31
Number 1
Special Issue 2014
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Biodiversity: Seek, and you will find

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By Jeffrey Selleck, editor

Sampling for dragonfly larvae in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Credit: Cherokee Central Schools
From the Editor
Getting Started
National Parks and Biodiversity Discovery
Notes from Abroad
Upcoming Issues/Deadlines
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Invited Features
White placeholder with no intendended informational purpose Biodiversity and national parks: What’s relevance got to do with it?
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By Glenn Plumb, Edward O. Wilson, Sally Plumb, and Paula J. Ehrlich
Ben Clark collects a patent-leather beetle at the 2013 NPS-NGS BioBlitz at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. Credit: Dawn Pilotti, St. Ann Academy
					Ben Clark, Biodiversity Youth Ambassador
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By Sally Plumb
Photo of Bewick’s wren perched on a rock. Credit: USFWS/Dave Menke; NCTC Image Library
					Inventory and monitoring of park biodiversity
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By William Monahan and Kirsten Gallo
Circular diagram with four quadrants showing the cycle of data management Data management for National Park Service–National Geographic Society BioBlitzes
Evolving biodiversity documentation
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By Peter Budde and Simon Kingston
Photo of boy sitting on a rock surrounded by woods and reading contents of a clipboard. Credit: Olmsted National Historical Park/Joel Veak
					Benefits of biodiversity to human health and well-being
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By Danielle Buttke, Diana Allen, and Chuck Higgins
White placeholder with no intendended informational purpose IUCN World Parks Conference to address values and benefits of biodiversity
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By Diana Allen
White placeholder with no intendended informational purpose Synthetic biology offers extraordinary opportunities and challenges for conservation
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By Kent H. Redford
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By John G. Dennis
The Bioblitz
Photo of John Francis and Jon Jarvis at the NPS-National Geographic Society BioBlitz at Golden Gate National Recreation Area in March 2014. Credit: NPS Photo
					Engaging citizens on a large scale in biodiversity discovery
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By Sally Plumb
A girl wearing a hat for sun protection holds a common side-blotched lizard. Corresponds to article on next page. Credit: NPS Photo
					Saguaro National Park 2011 NPS-NGS BioBlitz!
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By Natasha Kline and Don Swann
A young woman gathers flying insects from a white sheet that is backlit at night while a park resource manager looks on. Credit: NPS Photo/Diana Hunt
					The bioblitz: Good science, good outreach, good fun
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By Gretchen M. Baker, Nancy Duncan, Ted Gostomski, Margaret A. Horner, and David Manski
Middle school students pause to photograph a butterfly on the first day of the 2013 Butterfly Bioblitz at Ocmulgee National Monument. Credit: NPS Photo
					Ocmulgee National Monument Butterfly Bioblitz
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By Angela Bates
Millipede collected in forest habitat at the George Washington Carver National Monument bioblitz. Credit: Derek Hennen, University of Arkansas
					George Washington Carver Bioblitz
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By Theresa Weiss-Johnson and Jan Hinsey
Crane fly. Credit: Steve Scott
					Upper Delaware Bioblitz
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By Don Hamilton
The All-Taxa Biodiversity Inventory
Marc Albert in transit to the Boston Harbor Islands. Credit: Aya Rothwell
					Perspectives on the ATBI
Interviews with Marc Albert and Todd Witcher
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By the Editor
Park Biologist Erik Oberg and Natural Resources Program manager Brent Steury look under a cover board in Turkey Run Park to check for carabid beetles. Credit: NPS photo/Emily Zivot The GWMP All-Taxa Biodiversity Inventory
Finding new species near the nation’s capital
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By Brent W. Steury
Nonvascular Plants and Invertebrates
Lichen-covered rock outcrops and lone hiker, Bering Land Bridge National Preserve, Alaska. Credit: NPS/Kate Cullen Moving beyond the minimum: The addition of nonvascular plant inventories to vegetation research in Alaska’s national parks
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By James Walton and Sarah Stehn
Graph showing the number of dragonfly species by family recorded across counties containing six national park study units of the National Park System in the Great Lakes region. All along the watchtower
Larval dragonflies are promising biological sentinels for monitoring methylmercury contamination
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By Roger J. Haro
A student from Sabino High School in Arizona searches a net for dragonfly larvae at Lily Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. Credit: Copyright National Geographic Society/Karine Aigner
					The Call to Action Collect Dragonflies
Citizen scientists study mercury contamination in national parks
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By Colleen Flanagan Pritz, Sarah Nelson, and Collin Eagles-Smith
Southern pygmy clubtail (<em>Lanthus vernalis</em>). Credit: Richard Orr Local experts identify insect biodiversity in Catoctin Mountain Park
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By Becky Loncosky
Cartoon-like illustration of a crayfish and the lettering “Crayfish Corps,” which serves as the program’s logo, Credit: National Park Service The Crayfish Corps
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By Amy Ruhe
Mason bee (<em>Dianthidium simile</em>). Credit: USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab Pollinators in peril?
A multipark approach to evaluating bee communities in habitats vulnerable to effects from climate change
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By Jessica Rykken, Ann Rodman, Sam Droege, and Ralph Grundel
An uncommon mining bee associated with deep sand, <em>Perdita swenki</em>, was found in large numbers at the vulnerable lakeshore dune site at Pictured Rocks. Credit: USGS Great Lakes pollinators
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By Jessica Rykken, Ann Rodman, Sam Droege, and Ralph Grundel
A bumble bee feeds on a purple-colored flower stalk. Credit: Jessica Rykken Insect pollinators of Denali
A survey of bees and flower flies
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By Jessica Rykken
Volunteer recording data in the field. Credit: Jessica Rykken Monitoring bee diversity and abundance in Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area
A pilot study
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Cultural Sites and Biodiversity
Aerial photo of the Fillene Center at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. Credit: NPS Photo/Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts Biodiversity inventories and the advent of a volunteer-based natural resource management program at Wolf Trap
The “Flight of the Bumblebee,” birds, butterflies, and more
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By Christopher Schuster
Northern bobwhite quail. Credit: NPS Photo/Bryan Gorsira Bird diversity reflects battlefield park’s natural setting
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By Bryan Gorsira
Photo of pinned ivory-spotted longhorn beetle. Credit: Collection of Northern Arizona University/Colorado Plateau Museum of Arthropod Biodiversity Biodiversity discovery: Exploring arthropods in two NPS national monuments
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By Jennifer Leasor, Amy Muraca, Rijk Moräwe, and Neil Cobb
Technological Applications
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By the Editor
Photo of the ilia underwing (Catocalailia), a moth, first documented for Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park in 2013. Credit: Copyright Kent McFarland/Used by permission Vermont Atlas of Life Field Days
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By Kyle Jones
A black bear cools off at Stafford Dam in Chiricahua National Monument. Credit: NPS Photo
					Camera-trap surveys in the southeastern Arizona national parks
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By Jason Mateljak
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By Don Swann
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Research Reports
A student from Texas A&M University surveys visitors at the NPS-NGS BioBlitz at Rocky Mountain National Park in 2012. Credit: Photo courtesy of Parker Batt Engaging park stewards through biodiversity discovery
Social outcomes of participation in bioblitzes
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By Kirsten M. Leong and Gerard T. Kyle
Northern leopard frog (<em>Lithobates pipiens</em>). Credit: USGS/M. Roth Using monitoring data to map amphibian breeding hotspots and describe wetland vulnerability in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks
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By Andrew Ray, Kristin Legg, Adam Sepulveda, Blake Hossack, and Debra Patla
White placeholder with no intendended informational purpose Environmental DNA: Can it improve our understanding of biodiversity on NPS lands?
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By Andrew Ray, Kristin Legg, Adam Sepulveda, Blake Hossack, and Debra Patla
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