DLIA Spring Newsletter
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Spring 2017
Species Count: 983 new to science; 9187 new to park 
Purchase Knob in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, photo courteousy of Dan Mele Photography & Film
Thank you for your continued support! Scroll down for ways to contribute to DLIA!
     Monarch butterfly, Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Upcoming Spring Events
Biodiversity Days with E.O. Wilson
March 2-3
Discover Life in America is proud to partner with the E.O Wilson Biodiversity Foundation in sponsoring "Biodiversity Days" on March 2nd and 3rd. This event focuses on promoting scientific understanding and awareness as a foundation for conservation. The theme will be "Half Earth," based on E.O. Wilson's call to preserve half of Earth for the biodiverse life we share the planet with. Biodiversity Days will take place in Durham, NC, and will feature talks, roundtable discussions, and film screenings. Biologists E.O. Wilson and Thomas Lovejoy, two of the most influential scientists of our time, are among the list of speakers included. To learn more about this event visit the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation website, and for tickets to E.O. Wilson's talk click here.
April 22 & 29
This year, DLIA will host two Bioblitz events in partnership with TVA to engage people in biological inventory of public lands.These family friendly events incorporate field collection, specimen identification, and education sessions. They offer an opportunity to get to know the biodiversity in our backyard, and help the TVA better manage natural areas through species occurrance data. Participants will survey birds, butterflies and plants using nets and other provided collection and preservation equipment. The first Bioblitz will be at Norris Dam in Lake City on the 22nd and the second at Chickamauga Dam in Chattanooga on the 29th.

No experience necessary, and free admission! For more information on what to expect visit our Facebook events page!
2017 Science Colloquium 
March 23rd
DLIA partners with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to highlight scientific research ongoing within the Park. The event will consist of talks and presentations from our local scientists covering an array of topics including: pathogens, salamanders, weather, climate & vegetation change, Black bears & wildfire, and bats.
The colloquium is being held at Glenstone Lodge in Gatlinburg, TN, and is free and open to the public. To find out more information visit our Facebook event here.
Science at Sugarlands
Beginning May 19th
DLIA will host a series of talks at the Sugarlands Visitor Center this year on the third Friday of each month May through October. Each month will bring a new topic and local scientist to share their work. Join us for presentations ranging from Wildfire Ecology to Snakes of the Smokies! Keep an eye on our Facebook events page to see what each month's topic will be and learn more about our speakers, or visit our website for a full list of topics here.

These events are free and open to the public.
Mark your calendar now!
Synchronous Firefly Event
June 2-4
This annual fundraising event offers attendees the opportunity to observe the spectacular synchronous firefly phenomenon in an intimate picnic setting. As you enjoy the show, a firefly expert will be on site to give a presentation and explain the amazing display of light, which is unique to the Southern Appalachian region. This event will be offered June 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. Food and drink will be provided. Tickets are $150, and space is limited! Keep an eye on our Facebook for location details and for tickets to go on sale.
Salamander Ball
September 24
Join us in celebrating the beauty and biodiversity of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park at one of DLIA's annual fundraising events! The Knoxville Zoo will host us again this year. We encourage one and all to dress up as their favorite park critter and dance the night away. As always, the Ball will include live music, food, drink, a costume parade, silent auction, zoo admission, and plenty of fun! Tickets are $75, children 12 and under are free! Keep an eye on our website and Facebook for tickets to go on sale!
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