Discover Life in America kicks off a yearlong celebration extolling efforts to catalog every living species in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park at a unique gathering in Gatlinburg March 21-23. The All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory Conference brings experts and volunteers from around the world to the Glenstone Lodge for its annual recognition of citizen science titled “Celebrating 15 years of Discovery.”
The three day conference will highlight the research, conservation and educational efforts being made to understand, manage and restore the estimated 60,000-80,000 species in the Smoky Mountains, which is considered to be one of the world’s most biologically diverse ecosystems.
Field trips in the Smokies, nature hikes, photography workshops, scientific presentations will all be part of the conference. Highlights include; Spring Wildflowers and their Pollinators, Salamanders of the Smokies, Geology of the Park, Stream mapping, Biodiversity in the Classroom and Citizen Scientists in Parks.