Creating stewardship through discovery: A comparison among visitors that participated in three National Park/Nation Geographic BioBlitzes

Technical Report · August 2016with10 Reads
DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.35706.49606
Report number: NPS/NRSS/BRD/NRR - 2016/1270, Affiliation: Texas A&M University
Abstract
The NPS and NGS have been co-sponsoring a large-scale BioBlitz in a park near a large urban area annually since 2006. These BioBlitzes are compressed 24-hour events where teams of volunteer scientists, families, students, teachers, and other community members work together to find and identify as many species of plants, animals, microbes, fungi, and other organisms as possible. There is also a public component to these BioBlitzes, with goals of getting the public interested in biodiversity, science, and park stewardship. NPS-NGS BioBlitzes will be conducted in a different national park each year during the decade leading up to the NPS centennial in 2016. The purpose of this study was to learn more about the type of people who participate in BioBlitzes and examine the social benefits of the NPS-NGS BioBlitz program. Specifically, the following elements of the BioBlitz experience were examined: • Participation in the BioBlitz and NPS program • Experiences with the parks that host BioBlitz programs • Commitment to and involvement in BioBlitzes • Motives for engaging in BioBlitz programs • Impacts and implications that emerge from participation • Feelings about the natural environment • Attachment to places within these parks • Stewardship and attitudes toward resource protection • Socio-demographic characteristics