Discover Life in America’s Annual Conference, March 22-24 in Gatlinburg

World Famous Harvard Naturalist to Help Celebrate Effort to Catalog Every Living Species in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

 The search for life in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will be celebrated at a unique gathering in Gatlinburg, March 22-24, hosted by Discover Life in America (DLIA). The All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory Conference brings experts and volunteers from around the world to the Glenstone Lodge for its 15th annual celebration of citizen science titled “The Roots of Biodiversity with Dr. E.O. Wilson.”

The main focus of the three-day conference is to 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, considered to be one of the world’s most biologically diverse ecosystems. At the heart of this effort is the DLIA-organized All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory (ATBI), a unique ecological undertaking to find and document every species of life in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, from ferns and fungi to birds and beetles. Continue reading