by Deb Tappan
UPDATED November 17, 2020:
As of November 17, 2020, within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (a UNESCO-MAB World Heritage Site), the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory has identified 1028 species new to science and 10411 species new records in the park. In total to date, there are 21080 species known to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with 60k to 80k estimated to exist there. Prior to the efforts of the ATBI, only 9641 species were known to the park. This inventory includes the study of these species\’ habitats, relationships with similar and disparate species as well as genetics and population dynamics. This data helps us toward understanding the complexity of this unique ecosystem so that we may become better stewards.
(To learn more about the ATBI/DLIA and contribute to the profound work they are doing, visit www.dlia.org.)
Photo Title: Bobcat on the Hunt – (Great Smoky Mountains NP)
Photograph and text: Copyright 2004-2020 Deborah Siminski Tappan. All rights reserved.