by Deb Tappan
UPDATED February 9, 2021:
As of February 9, 2021, within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (a UNESCO-MAB World Heritage Site), the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory has identified 1031 species “new to science” and 10468 species “new to the park”. In total to date, there are 21124 species known to exist within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with an additional 10’s of thousands yet to be discovered. 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 2004-2021 Deborah Siminski Tappan. All rights reserved.