United States Department of the Interior



John Muir National Historic Site

4202 Alhambra Avenue

Martinez, California 94553


Dear Colleague,

In celebration of the National Park Service (NPS) Centennial (1916-2016), the NPS is partnering with the National Geographic Society, local communities, and other partners to conduct a BioBlitz at national parks across the country. We are recruiting scientists, field biologists and naturalists to participate in the National Parks BioBlitz – John Muir at John Muir National Historic Site, 4202 Alhambra Ave, Martinez, CA, May 20–21, 2016 (Friday 10am Through Saturday 2pm).

A BioBlitz is a biodiversity celebration that engages and educates communities in science, conservation and biological exploration. The center piece of this event is a biological inventory, where teams of volunteers – each led by a subject matter expert – find and identify as many species as possible of a given area within a 24-hour period. To learn more about BioBlitz and how you can help, please view this video: “Find Your Niche in BioBlitz.”

If you are interested, please fill out the Scientist Registration Form. Scientist registration will close April 4, 2016. The sooner you register, the better we will be able to accommodate you. If you are pressed for time or are uncertain about your availability, but would like to stay informed, please sign up on our scientist contact list. If you’d like to be involved but the distance to Martinez, CA would be barrier for you to participate, go to 2016 National Parks BioBlitz to find a National Parks BioBlitz near you.

We will be in touch to follow up with more details in the weeks and months ahead. In the meantime, please contact our Science Lead, Fernando Villalba, if you have questions at Fernando_Villalba@nps.gov or (925) 838-0249 ext. 6341.

Help us spread the word! Please forward this letter to any colleagues or friends who might be interested in being involved. We hope you will be a part of the 2016 National Parks BioBlitz!


Tom Leatherman
Superintendent, John Muir National Historic Site