by Deb Tappan
UPDATED December 12, 2019:
As of December 12, 2019, within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (a UNESCO-MAB World Heritage Site), the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory has identified 1021 species new to science and 9605 species new to the park. In total to date, there are 20203 total species in the Great Smoky Mountains National 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 2004-2019 Deborah Siminski Tappan. All rights reserved.