BioBlitz is Coming to Manassas National Battlefield!

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Provided by National Park Service and National Geographic

Dan Jenkins shows the “wild side” of Manassas National Battlefield Park

The “wild side” of Manassas National Battlefield Park from a 2013 show

Grab your magnifying glass and explore nature in Manassas National Battlefield Park like never before! On May 20-21, national parks across the country, including Manassas National Battlefield Park, 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, two-day event, teams of scientists, naturalists, students and volunteers will discover and document the living creatures of in the park. Manassas National Battlefield Park is excited to host a variety of species inventory including birds, pollinators, macro-invertebrates, and native plants.

In addition to species inventories, a biodiversity festival will be held at the Brownsville Picnic Area. Visitors can enjoy crafts and hands-on science activities. The festival will take place from 9;00 a. m. to 4:00 p. m. The festival is free and open to the public.

American Express is the national sponsor of the 2016 National Parks BioBlitz. Local sponsors/partners include Manassas Battlefield Trust, Sweet Virginia Foundation, Keep Prince William Beautiful, among others.

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 1.usa.gov/23mviPw, go.nps.gov/2016bioblitz, and natgeo.org/bioblitz

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