“Discovering New Life in the Smokies” Presentation

Thursday, April 16, 2009

The Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education will host a presentation this Saturday on the hundreds of new species being discovered in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

“Discovering New Life in the Smokies” will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Park Ranger Susan Sachs, Education Coordinator of the Appalachian Highlands Science Learning Center in the Park, will be showing some of the new species to the park and to science.

Since 1997, more than 1,000 scientists and students have participated in the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory in an effort to try to identify every species of life within the park boundaries. As of January 2009, the ATBI project has identified a total of 16,805 species in the Smokies, including 6,339 species new to the park and 890 that are completely new to science!

After the presentation is over, participants will have an opportunity to use some of the same techniques to search a habitat in the Pisgah National Forest. The program is free and is for ages 8 and older. Registration is required by calling 877-4423.

For directions and more information, call 877-4423 or visit www.ncwildlife.org.

For more information on the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory project in the Great Smoky Mountains, visit www.dlia.org/atbi/.

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