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BioBlitz at Sleeping Bear Dunes

September 17, 2016

On Saturday, September 17, visitors to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
(National Lakeshore) can become citizen scientists for the day by joining the park’s quest to
showcase the biodiversity of the National Lakeshore through a BioBlitz. The BioBlitz is a time for
scientists, students, teachers, families, and park visitors to team up to identify as many organisms as

Interested visitors should sign up ahead of time to choose a hike with an expert, allowing them to
learn about the intriguing plant and animal species they might find. All hikers will meet at the Dune
Climb parking lot at their assigned time.

Sign-up details are available at Visitors may also use the iNaturalist smartphone app to explore
the National Lakeshore on their own.

The Lakeshore’s event is called “Blitz the Bear,” and marks the launch of the Great Lakes Bioblitz,
an initiative led by the National Lakeshore’s partner, the Cerulean Center, to study biodiversity in the
Great Lakes region. Space is limited, so interested parties should register early to secure a spot.
Citizen scientists and environmental stewards of all ages are needed.

Blitz the Bear is free with a park pass. Passes may be purchased at the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center
in Empire, or at the Dune Climb fee booth. Passes cost $15 per vehicle for seven days, or $30 for an
annual pass.

For a complete listing of park events, visit

Visitors are also encouraged to share their adventures at and on social media
using hashtags #FindYourPark and #sleepingbearnps. For questions or concerns regarding these
events, please call 231-326- 4700, ext. 5005.

For more in-depth information about the National Lakeshore, please go to Also,
check out their Facebook page at, Twitter site at, and Instagram at

Contact: Philip A. Hart Visitor Center, 231-326- 4700, ext. 5010

Secondary Contact: Lisa Griebel, [email protected], 231-326- 4726


September 17, 2016
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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
9922 Front Street Highway M-72
Empire, MI 49630 United States
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(231) 326-4700


Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
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