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Collage of insects, reptiles and animals observed in first L.A. BioBlitz Challenge
Vivienne Byrd, August 25, 2021

After a summer of exploring, observing, and connecting with wildlife in the city of Los Angeles, a global biodiversity hotspot, the first L.A. BioBlitz Challenge concluded with outstanding results. Thank you to all the volunteers citywide who participated and supported this tremendous success.

Collage of insects, animal, and plant life in an "observation cold spot" area
Vivienne Byrd, July 29, 2021

What is the difference between an “observation cold spot” and a “biodiversity cold spot”? It is easy to confuse the terms, but they are two very different scientific issues.

A “biodiversity cold spot” is an area with a limited variety of living things, like plants, animals, fungi, and bacteria.

Collage of wildlife observations at Temescal Gateway Park
Nancy Brennan, July 21, 2021

I took advantage of the three-day weekend to add wildlife observations for the L.A. BioBlitz Challenge at Temescal Gateway Park in Pacific Palisades. It was an easy 15-minute walk from my house that bypasses the normally packed holiday parking.

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Vivienne Byrd, June 29, 2021

There are 38 special species listed on the L.A. BioBlitz Challenge website.

Collage of photos from plants, animals, and insects
Anne Olivier, June 26, 2021

Have you decided to join the L.A. BioBlitz Challenge? If you haven’t done so yet, now is the time! The challenge runs until August 7th and helps contribute to the knowledge about our city’s biodiversity.

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Vivienne Byrd, June 08, 2021

Biodiversity is short for biological diversity. The term refers to the variety of living things on Earth, and their interactions with each other and their environments—this is extremely important to humans.